Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 69.97K | Year: 2011
Energy can be harvested or scavenged from many environmental sources such as: solar, wind, vibrations, temperature gradients, etc. Two common issues related to environmental energy sources are limited/unpredictable availability and limited/unpredictable quantity. This proposal examines the requirements for the efficient harvesting of energy based on the temperature gradient that exists between the human skin and the surrounding environment. This source has the advantage that it is essentially available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The challenges of this work include quantifying and working with the low energy flux (mW/cm2) of the human body, the range of body-to-ambient temperature gradients (from a few degrees to tens of degrees centigrade), and the sensitivity of human tissue to extreme temperatures. This proposal will apply Camgian Microsystems"low power design technology with RTI"s efficient thermo-electric technology to the solutions of these challenges.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.61K | Year: 2010
This program aims to develop an ultra low power System-on-a-Chip (SoC) technology that will enable >10x improvements in size and endurance over current generation wireless micro-sensor networks. This will be achieved through the integration of advanced circuit and architectural design methods targeted to improve wireless micro-sensor node performance in four critical performance parameters: (1) digital circuit design methodologies that enable the energy consumption of the chip to be dynamically matched to the performance needs of the system;(2) digital circuit design styles that minimize crosstalk noise to radio-frequency (RF) and other analog circuits;(3) advanced power and voltage gating and scaling techniques that reduce idle (leakage) energy consumption; and (4) System on Chip (SoC) design architectures optimizing energy, cost, and size. These elements will be integrated with a unique RF circuit architecture which has improvements in RF switches for signal steering to antennas, power amplifiers for transmitter output, direct digital synthesis, and high-frequency mixers for carrier modulation and received signal down-conversion. While the technical approaches to intelligent, adaptive, ultra-low power, low-noise circuits will be generic and broadly applicable to DoD systems a specific hardware architecture will be developed based on an intelligent wireless micro-sensor node. BENEFIT: The successful program will lead to improvements in the cost, size, weight, and power (CSWAP) metric of wireless sensors. The CSWAP reduction is achieved partially through dramatic reduction of the electronics power and energy consumption which leads directly to smaller power source requirements and higher integration capability. A further driver of CSWAP reduction is the use of NCL clockless logic which gives lower noise crosstalk from the digital processing circuitry to the critical RF and analog circuits. An additional benefit of the program which drives CSWAP improvement is the integration of NCL digital processing circuits with an innovative new RF circuit architecture which has improvements in critical performance areas. The initial products targeted for deployment will be wireless micro-sensor systems such as are used for border security, military intelligence, military battlefield surveillance, and SmartGrid power system monitoring.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 98.95K | Year: 2009
This program will develop a revolutionary, ultra low power System-on-a-Chip (SoC) technology that will enable >10x improvements in size and endurance over current generation microsystems such as unattended ground sensing (UGS) systems, micro-UAVs, micro satellites, body worn electronics, etc. This will be achieved through the integration of advanced energy efficient circuit designs that enable the power consumption of the chip to be dynamically matched to the performance needs of the systems. While the technical approaches to intelligent, adaptive, ultra-low power architectures will be generic and broadly applicable to DoD systems specific hardware implementations will be delivered as proof-of-principle prototypes. These will be based on the digital processing “brain” of a microbolometer IR camera system, which is used in all of the above microsystem applications. The focus of this program is on the digital processing of the architecture. The goal is to synergistically integrate into an SoC the low power enabling capabilities of: · Subthreshold transistor operation. · Clockless self timed logic circuits. · Dynamically controlled power supply voltages determined by the data rate. Codetronix will support Camgian in this effort with their Mobius design specification and implementation tool.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.00K | Year: 2009
Today’s warfighter is reliant upon more and more technological support to achieve strategic and tactical superiority over their enemies. Technological advantages include such items as night-vision equipment, unattended ground sensors (UGS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), target tracking beacons, etc. To be effective, these need to be as small and as lightweight as possible. This leads to the drive for the integration of disparate technologies, such as high performance RF circuitry and large scale digital signal processing, into more and more dense circuits to achieve the maximum Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) reductions possible. The ability to increasingly integrate complex digital logic with analog/RF circuits on the same device, makes revolutionary new products feasible. As a case in point, Camgian Microsystems, is developing a revolutionary new UGS that combines radar, camera, digital signal processing and a communications system. The device must achieve lower power and area than are possible with discrete integration. This SBIR program will use this applications to push the limits of state-of-the-art, seeking to demonstrate the ability to provide revolutionary integration levels, combining high performance RF circuits with large quantities of complex digital logic, all on a low cost, small geometry silicon CMOS process.
News Article | July 7, 2015
STARKVILLE, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Camgian Microsystems has been named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Tech Companies by The Silicon Review. The recognition, Camgian’s third award of the year, comes from a distinguished panel of executives and analysts honoring leading companies who build cutting edge technology products and services. The Silicon Review highlighted Camgian as a leader in edge computing, advanced sensing, and real-time processing in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing tech companies globally,” said Gary Butler, chairman and CEO of Camgian Microsystems. “We are very excited about our products’ abilities to deliver valuable real-time intelligence in both the government and commercial markets.” The full list of companies can be seen here: http://www.thesiliconreview.com/magazines/Special-issue/50-fastest-growing-tech-companies-listing. Named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing private companies, Camgian Microsystems delivers award winning IoT services for both commercial and government clients. Its latest innovation, Egburt is a complete IoT application service comprising software, hardware and communications built on a powerful edge computing architecture. To learn more about Camgian Microsystems, please visit www.camgian.com or follow them on twitter @CamgianMicro.