AFRL posts INTREPID call
On November 14, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) released the INTelligent-automation through Revolutionary Edge Processing for IC and Defense applications (INTREPID) topic area call for proposals, part of the Space Technology Advanced Research – Fast-tracking Innovative Software and Hardware (STAR-FISH) advanced research announcement (ARA). Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Mountain on December 8.
The scope of this effort is to develop and demonstrate a robust radiation tolerant, low power
and low latency AI-enabling Compute-in-Memory-(CIM) approach to provide orders of
magnitude improved onboard processing capability for future DOD and IC systems across all
operational domains (space, land, air, sea). The effort shall investigate the use of emerging
volatile and non-volatile memory materials, devices, and neuromorphic computing architectures.
The performance objectives of this effort are to:
- Investigate and implement an AI-enabling CIM or near-CIM architecture and supporting
technologies including software that will provide a > 1 OX improvement in processing
efficiency (TOPS/WATT and/or FPS/WATT) over conventional approaches, operates
reliably within space environments (radiation, thermal excursion, shock and vibration) per
MIL-PRF-38535 and can achieve the requirements/goals specified in Table 1 of the SOO.
- The effort shall investigate the use of emerging volatile and non-volatile memory
materials, devices, and neuromorphic computing architectures.
- It shall also develop, verify, and validate algorithmic approaches to optimize the speed
and efficiency of processing on applications relevant to DoD missions.
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