Darpa’s budget for the UPSIDE program won’t be disclosed until the
solicitation phase is completed. Darpa’s initial goal is to encourage
participation by science and technology-based firms and educational
No companies or organizations have yet been
enlisted to work on the analog program. Darpa said it has had
discussions with a number of groups, both in academia and industry to
lay the ground work for the program. Based on those discussions, analog
technologies are available for ISR applications but needed further
development, Hammerstrom said.
“Darpa saw this as an opportunity
to change the paradigm of computation with the UPSIDE program,
particularly in the area of image processing, which is critical to the
DoD,” he said. The agency thinks there are “many potential participants
that we have not talked to who could contribute to the UPSIDE program.”
technology is not new, and some analog chip companies may already be
exploring its benefits. Analog Devices Inc. [Norwood, Mass.], for
instance, last year acquired Lyric Semiconductor, a privately held
company that was described as having developed “an innovative set of
techniques with the potential to achieve an order of magnitude
improvement in power efficiency in mixed-signal processing and enable
additional signal processing functionality in a broad set of
Without even thinking about it, consumers depend on technology throughout the day as they send texts, turn on lights, and drive home from the office. But that technology depends on something that usually goes unnoticed until there's a problem.
I thought it would be good to continue looking at the example I gave in my last blog where we looked using fewer LDOs and combining power supply rails on an ADC while maintaining isolation with ferrite beads.
Electronic equipment and power management is becoming increasingly critical as our power grid ages and renewable energy comes on line. In response, new technologies are being developed to protect equipment from power disturbances and fluctuations.