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Actel FPGAs selected for space probe design

Posted: 17 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:actel? rtsx-s radiation-tolerant? fpga? herschel and planck? space probe?

Actel Corp. revealed that its RTSX-S radiation-tolerant FPGAs have been selected for extensive use on the Herschel and Planck space probes, which are scheduled for launch by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2007.

The Herschel and Planck probes will study infrared radiation and cosmic background radiation, respectively. The RT54SX32S and RT54SX72S parts will be used for many flight-critical functions on space explorations, including interfacing and control, co-processing and data handling, as well as mission-critical functions within various scientific instruments.

Actel's RTSX-S FPGAs were also chosen by Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA) of Bath, U.K., for SEA's cooler drive processor, which requires resistance to single-event upsets (SEUs), and tolerance to total ionizing dose (TID). Incorporated in the high-frequency instrument (HFI) on the Planck space probe, the circuit maintains the radiation measuring and cooling equipment at a constant temperature of -269C.

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