New Xilinx Rad-Hard FPGA Reaches for the Stars
Electronic systems designs headed to space naturally require high reliability, but the design task is further complicated by exposure to radiation that can cause sporadic circuit failures. From a functional perspective, FPGAs with inherent reconfigurable attributes are a perfect match for space. FPGAs enable a single system to perform multiple tasks and let mission teams remotely reconfigure a system, either fixing a bug or adding new functionality. Now Xilinx has an FPGA—the Virtex-5QV—that is radhard and can deliver the full benefits of programmability to space programs. The design teams get an off-the-shelf solution with all the advantages of a 65-nanometer commercial SRAM-based FPGA, including ready access to development and prototyping tools.
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