Black Forest Engineering, LLC

12930 Morris Trail Array
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
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SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 37
Total Value of Awards $10.7MM
First Award Date 05/01/92
Most Recent Award Date 08/14/16

37 Awards Won

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A16-040
Budget: 08/14/16 - 03/13/17

There is a continuing push for very large format, very high dynamic range, very fast frame rate digital Infrared Focal Plane Arrays (IRFPAs) by the DOD community. Some emerging applications require FPA data rates >100 Gb/s; for commonly used Low Voltage Differential Signal (LVDS) output circuits with 1 Gb/s capability, this translates to 100 pai...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Defense
Topic: DTRA152-002
Budget: 03/14/16 - 10/13/16

Coupling high intensity and high flux x-ray capabilities with impact drivers (lasers, gas guns, etc.) provide opportunity for directly probing material deformation mechanisms under extreme loading conditions. Limitations in existing x-ray detection capabilities prevent complete mapping of the temporal evolution of dynamic material events under f...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA15-022
Budget: 12/17/15 - 12/16/17

Current large format focal plane array (FPA) imaging sensors for imaging in low-light conditions in the near infrared / short wavelength infrared (NIR/SWIR) regions are limited by poor signal-to-noise. Electron avalanche photodiodes (e-APDs) using HgCdTe provide internal gain with very little excess noise and allow high signal-to-noise in low-li...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF141-139
Budget: 07/14/14 - 04/13/15

ABSTRACT: Mid-wave infrared (MWIR) imagers that possess more integrated on-chip capabilities are desired for military applications such as miniature seekers for strapped down weapons or for small unmanned air systems (SUAS). High operating temperature (HOT) MWIR detectors have raised the operating temperature and reduced the cooling requirement ...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 12-2-S1.03
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14

NASA/JPL thermopile detector linear arrays, wire bonded to Black Forest Engineering (BFE) CMOS readout integrated circuits (ROICs), have been utilized in NASA missions such as the Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) and the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (DLRE). JPL linear array thermopile detectors are fabricated by bulk micro-machining. Micro-mach...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-S1.04
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14

Instruments employing X-ray, gamma ray and particle detection are utilized in different sectors from medicine to industry and from basic to applied science. The solid-state detector array with detection ASIC is the primary technology of space-based high-energy astronomy missions that are managed by NASA in partnership with the international comm...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 12-1-S1.03
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13

NASA/JPL thermopile detector linear arrays, wire bonded to Black Forest Engineering (BFE) CMOS readout integrated circuits (ROICs), have been utilized in NASA missions such as the Mars Climate Sounder and the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment. Linear array thermopile detectors are fabricated by bulk micro-machining. Surface micro-machined ther...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA11-005
Budget: 02/01/12 - 07/31/12

Dual band infrared sensors are important components for future ballistic missile defense systems. Digital readout integrated circuits (DROICs), compared to analog ROIC architectures, allow on-chip processing, increased dynamic range and increased signal to noise ratio. Deep submicron CMOS provides low power digital circuitry with system noise im...

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Agency: Army
Topic: A10A-T004
Budget: 11/09/11 - 11/08/12

Thermopile infrared linear arrays manufactured using CMOS integrated circuit processes and micro-machining will provide high performance sensing with low manufacturing cost. Black Forest Engineering (BFE) teamed with Case Western Reserve University will d

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A10-025
Budget: 08/31/11 - 01/31/14

The Dual Band Compact Hyperspectral Imager (DBCHI) delivers high performance, co-registered medium and long wavelength hyperspectral data from a compact, man-portable sensor. The existing DBCHI dual band focal plane array (FPA) is designed to operate in a broadband tactical flux environment, uses a direct injection input circuit and is not optim...

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