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Military temperature ICs operate from -55C to 125C

Posted: 25 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:temperature IC? military? cSoC?

Microsemi Corp. has added its SmartFusion customizable SoC devices to its portfolio of military temperature ICs. According to the company, the devices are fully screened to meet strict military operating temperatures ranging from -55C to 125C.

The devices feature an integrated ARM Cortex-M3-based processor and are fully tested for operation at military temperature ranges, targeting applications where ensuring high-reliability performance is critical. These include avionics systems and missiles, as well as unmanned and weaponry systems that must continuously and reliably operate in harsh ground and atmospheric environments.

SmartFusion cSoCs claim to provide military and avionics systems designers with a reprogrammable, non-volatile logic integration solution. The devices are based on secure flash technology that provides immunity against damaging radiation-induced configuration upsets, while eliminating the need for additional code storage, added Microsemi. The easily reprogrammable cSoCs also enable quick prototyping and design validation capabilities, which streamline product development efforts.

Additional benefits of the temperature ICs include live at power up (LAPU), delivering immediate processing to support short initiation systems without the need for additional power circuitry. They are also offered in 500K and 60K equivalent gates and support up to 204 I/Os. The devices enable system and power management capabilities where multiple power rails exist and also allow designers to combine analog and digital components, saving board space, noted the company.

Military temperature samples and software will be available in May for prototyping purposes. Fully qualified parts will be available June. Qualified parts will include the SmartFusion A2F500 FG/G: 484 and 256 packages as well as the A2F060 FG/G 256 package.

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