Commercial parts will have TID ranges between 3-30 krad(Si)and SEL and SEU ranges between 1-120 MeV. Of course, commercial parts are not designed with radiation performance in mind. Nevertheless, a few commercial ICs have in fact exhibited acceptable radiation hardened characteristics.
Each method has its pros and cons. Which method or combination of methods is best will be hotly debated in the years to come? The case study outlined here demonstrates the significant cost savings that can be realized when answering the question, “How rad hard do I need?” and when considering the use of commercially based parts.
Traditional radiation-hardened or “rad-hard” parts are generally considered to be capable of withstanding the most severe space environments. In fact, these devices are designed and fabricated with the specific goal of enduring the harshest space radiation environments.