Analog Co-Processors for Complex System Simulation and Design

Period of Performance: 03/31/2016 - 06/30/2017

$150K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Ocius Technologies LLC
411 Wolf Ledges Parkway, STE 100 Array
Akron, OH 44311
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Akron
284 Polsky Building
Akron, OH 44325
Institution POC

Abstract

The objective is to design an analog (time-continuous) radiofrequency (RF) computation platform in the form of a software-defined RF integrated-circuit (IC) with supplementary digital logic for solving differential equation based simulations at speeds that are 1-2 orders of magnitude greater than available digital high-performance computation platforms. The maximum speed that the state-of-the-art digital systolic processors can operate is typically in the range of 2-3 GHz, whereas combination of modern RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and available deep sub-micro 32 nm RF complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) or Bi-polar CMOS mixed (BiCMOS) technology, which has a characteristic cut-off frequency (fT ) of 445GHz, can be used to fabricate high speed tunable analog computational processors that would lead to massive throughputs around 100 GHz. The proposed RF-IC analog computational platform solves a variety of highly-relevant MD linear and non-linear partial differential equations. The resulting product of this investigation is envisioned to be a device that will be a remarkable leap in the computation time for a solver of a general system of linear partial differential equations that allows wide applicability in many fields.