A Computerized Methodology for Unified Life Cycle Engineering Evaluation of Digital Electronics

Period of Performance: 01/01/1988 - 12/31/1988

$700K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Ramsearch CO.
2128 Espey Ct Suite 8
Crofton, MD 21114
Principal Investigator

Abstract

PROPOSED IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOFTWARE FOR UNIFIED LIFE CYCLE ENGINEERING (ULCE) DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF DIGITAL ELECTRONICS. THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CAPABLE OF INTEGRATING DIVERSE ANALYSIS PROGRAMS AND PROVIDING METHODS FOR RAPID REQUIREMENTS ALLOCATION AND VERIFICATION. THE DEVELOPED SYSTEM WILL BE USEFUL THROUGHOUT THE BIDDING, INITIAL AND FINAL DESIGN PROCESSES AS WELL AS DURING CUSTOMER EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS. THE DESIGN, EVALUATION, ANALYSIS INTEGRATION AND REQUIREMENTS ALLOCATION ARE ACCOMPLISHED BY USING TREE AND NETWORK STRUCTURES FOR REPRESENTING DESIGNS. THE CONCEPTUAL BASIS OF THE PROPOSED APPROACH TO ULCE DIGITAL ELECTRONICS DESIGN IS CALLED "DESIGN BY PROGRESSIVE APPROXIMATION." APPROPRIATE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND OTHER ADVANCED COMPUTER TECHNIQUES WILL BE EMPLOYED. CARE HAS BEEN TAKEN IN THE DESIGN OF A SUPPORTIVE USER INTERFACE. THE PHASE II DEVELOPMENT WILL BE BASED ON THE PROTOTYPE SOFTWARE COMPLETED DURING THE PHASE I PROJECT, WHICH PROVED THE FEASIBILITY AND USEFULNESS OF THIS APPROACH TO ULCE FOR DIGITAL ELECTRONICS.