Udviklingskit accelererer design af FPGA-baserede satellitsystemer
Udviklere kan nu opbygge prototyper med den samme low-power, high-throughput strålingstolerante (RT) FPGA, som vil blive brugt i forbindelse med en rummission (in english).
Developers using FPGAs to meet satellite system payload and throughput requirements can speed designs by prototyping with space-qualified devices rather than commercial off-the-shelf silicon. Microchip Technology announces it has combined its flight-ready RT PolarFire FPGA with the development kit and interfaces for evaluating design concepts based on actual in-flight electrical and mechanical characteristics.
- Our new integrated development platform for space applications includes features and interfaces that are ideal for prototyping, says Shakeel Peera, vice president of marketing for Microchip’s FPGA business unit.
- Using the same package and silicon that final, in-orbit or deep-space units will have, designers can evaluate high-speed transceivers and test all of their control, DSP, communications and image-processing algorithms.
The RT PolarFire development kit supports various daughter boards and includes two fully populated high-pin count (HPC) FPGA mezzanine card connectors, DDR3 DIMM and RT Gigabit Ethernet connection, SPI flash memory, and SubMiniature Version A (SMA) connectors. Also included is radiation data and the Libero software tool suite for programming the RT PolarFire FPGA.
Microchip’s RT PolarFire FPGA increases mission-critical computing and connectivity throughput compared to SRAM FPGAs while consuming up to 50 percent less power and offering greater immunity to radiation-induced configuration Single Event Upsets (SEUs).
It can be used to solve such difficult spaceflight challenges as reducing satellite signal processing congestion. Microchip has completed MIL-STD-883 Class B qualification for the RT PolarFire FPGA and is in the process of completing Class Q and Class V qualification.
Microchip offers multiple kit options based on four versions of its RTPF500T RT PolarFire FPGA spanning different package pin counts and speed grades.