Field Programmable Gate Arrays aid space system prototyping.
Update Time: 2020-01-16 12:08:53
Timing and Functionality of Prototype Devices is Identical to Space Flight Models.
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the availability of its RTG4™ PROTO field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The devices, developed specifically to enable prototyping of space systems, enable lower cost prototyping and design validation activities for the latest radiation-tolerant high-speed FPGAs. The RTG4 PROTO FPGAs are also the only reprogrammable prototyping solution of their kind providing the same timing and power characteristics as space flight units.
"Our new RTG4 PROTO FPGAs continue Microsemi's legacy of providing leading capabilities to the space industry, as the devices use the same silicon and packaging as flight model FPGAs without completing flight model tests, reducing costs for our customers," said Minh Nguyen, senior marketing manager, space and aviation, at Microsemi. "We maintain our commitment to providing additional cost-effective prototyping solutions, enabling highly complex applications, to help customers evaluate and design with our latest technologies."
Microsemi's new RTG4 PROTO FPGAs enable easy hardware timing verification, as well as power evaluation. As the devices use the same reprogrammable flash technology as flight units, they can be reprogrammed multiple times without being removed from the development board. Catering to the requirements of space system designers who must design for the harsh environment beyond earth's atmosphere, the RTG4 PROTO FPGAs are electrically tested to ensure reliable performance over full military temperature ranges and are offered in non-hermetic, ceramic packages.
According to Euroconsult's 2015 report titled, "Satellites to Be Built and Launched by 2024," 60 percent more satellites will be launched by 2024 versus the past decade. This increase is driven primarily by civilian government agencies as established space countries replace and expand their in-orbit satellite systems and more countries acquire their first operational satellite systems.
In addition to satellite applications, Microsemi's RTG4 FPGAs are ideal for space launch vehicles, planetary orbiters and landers, and deep space probes. Target customers include designers, program managers, system architects and component engineers serving the space market.
The company's RTG4 FPGAs, launched in 2015, bring new capabilities to the space market and help solve satellite signal processing congestion, among other challenges common within space applications. Microsemi's solutions provide designers of space-flight systems with a prototyping vehicle for every step of the design phase, ranging from cost-effective commercial-equivalent devices to its new radiation-tolerant PROTO devices. These PROTO FPGAs will be used in future RTG4 development kits, providing space designers a comprehensive evaluation and design platform.
About Microsemi's RTG4 FPGAs
RTG4 FPGAs bring new capabilities to the market and combine a wealth of features with the highest quality and reliability to meet the increasing demands of modern satellite payloads. The devices feature reprogrammable flash configuration, making prototyping easier for customers. RTG4's reprogrammable flash technology offers complete immunity to radiation-induced configuration upsets in the harshest radiation environments, without the configuration scrubbing required with SRAM FPGA technology. RTG4 supports space applications requiring up to 150,000 logic elements and up to 300 MHz of system performance. RTG4 is Microsemi's latest development in a long history of radiation-tolerant FPGAs that are found in many NASA and international space programs.
Microsemi Leading Space Innovation for More than Half a Century
With one of the industry's most comprehensive portfolios of space products, Microsemi provides radiation-tolerant field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), rad-hard mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), radiation-hardened DC-to-DC converters, precision time and frequency solutions, linear and POL hybrids, custom hybrid solutions, and rad-hard discretes including the broadest portfolio of JANS Class diodes and bipolar products. Microsemi is committed to supporting its products throughout the lifetime of its customer programs. The company continues to innovate and expand its portfolio, most recently adding its new LX7730 radiation-tolerant telemetry controller IC providing key functions for sensor monitoring, attitude and payload control, as well as its RTG4™ high-speed signal processing radiation-tolerant FPGA family. The RTG4's reprogrammable flash technology offers complete immunity to radiation-induced configuration upsets in the harshest radiation environments, requiring no configuration scrubbing, unlike SRAM FPGA technology.
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services.
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