ULTRA Low Power Electronics

Period of Performance: 09/09/1997 - 02/09/1997


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Picodyne, Inc.
801 University SE, Ste. 206
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of New Mexico
EECE MSC01 1100 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Institution POC

Research Topics


Power consumed in electronics is becoming a major issue for both Government and commercial systems. Commercial industry estimates that certain critical consumer electronic chips will consume 150 watts in the year 2000. Government users will find 100 watt/chip totally unacceptable for Autonomous Distributed Systems (ADS) or Spacecraft systems. The objective of both the commercial and Government designers is to greatly reduce power and to increase performance. The goal of the proposed work is to identify a path that promises to achieve ultra low power VLSI. A major ultra low power VLSI program is being undertaken by the RI (University of New Mexico) which has the promise to produce CMOS technology that operates at supply voltages near 0.25 volts. A 500 factor reduction would be realized in comparing a 5 and 0.25 process. Test circuits have been produces and a commercial foundry is becoming involved to which this technology can be transferred. The proposed STTR program will proceed in parallel with the RI program and consider ADS and commercial applications to the ultra low power research program.