Nalu Scientific Receives $1.15M in SBIR Funding

Nalu Scientific has received a third federal research and development grant for its work on specialized ultra-fast data acquisition circuitry. This Hawaii-based company develops high-end sensors and systems and has 180 years of experience in developing microtechnologies. 

The most recent grant is $1.15 million from a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Energy. This funding will support the design and fabrication of their high-density digitizer system-on-chip (HDSoC). This product would make it possible to capture hundreds of channels of data at resolutions of a billionth of a second. This type of processing power can be applied in systems like medical imaging, LiDAR, and even contribute to self-driving cars. They have previously successfully developed a 32-channel prototype. Nalu will continue this development, advancing it to a 64-channel waveform sampling chip with an integrated readout.

Previous grants came in the form of SBIR Phase I projects, at $200,000 each. These grants focused on Nalu Scientific’s STRAWZ and HiPAREX projects.

STRAWS – Streaming Autonomous Waveform-Digitizer With Zero-Suppression – proposes ultra-fast and very precise data acquisition through a digitizer chip. 

HiPAREX – High Performance Amplified Readout Electronics for X-Ray Spectroscopy – is aimed at enhancing X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

“The future of basic science, engineering and medical discoveries depend upon user-friendly electronic lab tools with ever more precise timing measurements,” Mostafanezhad, CEO of Nalu Scientific said. “Our technology provides low-cost, low-power, turn-key solutions usable by scientists and engineers.”

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