Miniature Distributed Systems Using Advanced Instrument Controllers

Period of Performance: 06/19/1997 - 12/19/1997


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Management Sciences, Inc.
6022 Constitution Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Utah State University
Physics Department 4415 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
Institution POC

Research Topics


This STTR will investigate the use of exciting new miniature Advanced Instrumentation Controllers (AIC) in autonomous distribution systems. AIC are self-contained, full-featured computers with central processor, DAC/ADC converters, non-volatile memory and input/output ports. Low cost AIC technology makes it possible to process data form hundreds of sensors. These low-power devices can handle up to 32 analog and digital signals, simultaneously. The research of this project will lead to small, lightweight, low-cost, multi-purpose sensors and controllers that will provide control, data processing, perform multi-sensor data fusion, as well as simple tasks for mine detection, surveillance, and defense. We will us AIC to manufacture into miniaturized distributed units in diverse applications for surveillance, interdiction, communication, security, and countermeasures. Commercial applications include biomedical, home security, industrial control, test equipment, and hundreds of other users. The research team will investigate the use of AIC to create general purpose programmable modules to perform sampling, filtering and other complex functions. In Phase I, we will create a prototype to demonstrate the use of AIC in Navel distributed systems.