Developers of spacecraft electronics use radiation-tolerant (RT) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to create on-board systems that meet the demanding performance needs of future space missions, survive the brutal launch process and continue to operate reliably in the harsh environment of space
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Microchip’s High-Performance FPGA is First of its Kind to Achieve QML Class V in Ceramic Quad Flat Package
RTG4™ FPGAs offer a unique combination of radiation hardening by design, qualification to QML Class V and packaging that simplifies board design, inspection and assembly
Microchip, a global leader in the manufacture of FPGAs for Military and Space use has planned to release intermediate quality levels FPGAs for New Space projects. This will allow a reduction in cost of the component and lead time on FPGAs.
Microchip takes a proven automotive-qualified device and improves the silicon process to make the component immune to single-event latch-up in heavy ions, thus preventing destruction in the radiation environment of space.
Microchip’s AVR8 ATmegaS64M1/ATmegaS128 and ARM32 M7 SAMV71Q21 Flight Models (FM) are available in ceramic package with screening equivalent to QML class Q and QML class V quality levels. Engineering samples are available as well.
Developing radiation-hardened systems for space applications means long lead times and high cost toward achieving the necessary levels of reliability for multi-year missions in harsh environments.