AFRL posts INTREPID STAR-FISH topic area
On October 24, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) posted CALL 011, Topic Area 1. The CALL title is INTeligent-automation through Revolutionary Edge Processing for IC and
Defense applications (INTREPID). The Topic Area is Space Technology Advanced Research – Fast-tracking Innovative Software and Hardware (STAR-FISH) procurement for experimentation of spaceflight and space-related signal, energy, and transportation technologies. White papers are due by 12:00 Mountain on November 28.
The Government is requesting White Papers at this time for the Topic Area identified above. White Papers addressing any other technology area identified in the basic Advanced Research Announcement (ARA) will not be accepted at this time unless a CALL for that specific area is posted.
The Air Force anticipates awarding multiple contracts. However, the Air Force does reserve the right to make one award, more than one award, or no awards pursuant to this CALL.
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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