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Radiation-tolerant FPGA touts 4 million gates

Posted: 30 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Class B FPGA? radiation-tolerant FPGA?

RTAX-S

The folks at Actel Corp. say they have completed the stringent MIL-STD 883 Class B qualification of its 4 million gate radiation-tolerant RTAX-S FPGA. The RTAX4000S device has completed 1,000hrs of high-temperature operating life testing and nearly 80,000hrs of life testing data to date. This device specific testing data is in addition to the over 2,000,000 device hours of testing and rapidly accumulating flight heritage achieved by the remainder of the RTAX-S family. The qualification of the device, combined with its usable error-corrected on-board memory and large number of user I/O, make it suitable for high-bandwidth processing applications in spacecraft payloads. Rigorous testing and qualification of the RTAX4000S toward QML Class Q and QML Class V certification continues.

"We continue to build and support our highly successful RTAX-S product portfolio," said Ken O'Neill, director of marketing, military and aerospace at Actel. "No other FPGA delivers the high density, radiation tolerance and the reliability of the RTAX4000S device. To further meet customer requirements, we are testing and qualifying these parts to the most stringent standardsfrom 883 Class B to QML Class V, assuring our customers that these programmable solutions can withstand even the most extreme conditions in space."

Hardened by design against radiation single-event upsets, the nonvolatile RTAX4000S requires no radiation mitigation techniques. Competing high-density FPGA solutions require user-instantiated triple module redundancy, which can consume more than two-thirds of the device's available logic. The RTAX4000S offers the inherent flexibility of the programmable fabric, delivering cost and time-to-market advantages over radiation-hardened ASICs with their long lead times and high up-front tooling charges that, in combination with minimal volume requirements for many space applications, often translate to higher total solution costs.

The RTAX4000S device, the largest member of the successful RTAX-S family, is available. Information about pricing and availability is available from Actel.




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