The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Camgian Microsystems a phase 3 small business innovation research (SBIR) project to develop two ultra-low-power application specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

The ASICs will provide power savings for a range of military electronic sensor systems, such as radar and infrared cameras.

Camgian Microsystems president and CEO Gary Butler said the goal of the programme was to improve the operational endurance of key ground and airborne ISR sensor assets while increasing both sensor performance and on-board digital signal processing capabilities.

“With this new chip set, we are aiming to drive down the size, weight, power and cost of the systems while providing an ultra-energy-efficient sensor and signal processing platform,” he added.

The test chips are expected to tape-out in 2011.

Camgian has received the three-year, $9.2m project from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Dayton, Ohio, US.