Xilinx Space-Grade Virtex-5QV FPGA in Production with Mega-Rad Capability

Replace ASICs and One-Time-Programmable Solutions with Space-Grade, High-Density, Rad-Hard Reconfigurable FPGAs

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Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) kündigt an, dass ihre durch das spezielle Design strahlungsresistenten und damit für den Einsatz im Weltraum geeigneten Virtex-5QV-FPGAs in Produktionsstückahlen verfügbar sind. Sie verkraften eine Strahlendosis (TID = Total Ionizing Dose) von über 1 Mrad (Si) und können damit in einem weiten Bereich von Weltraummissionen eingesetzt werden, angefangen bei Satelliten im erdnahen Orbit und weit darüber hinaus. Der Virtex-5QV-Baustein ist der erste seiner Art von strahlungsresistenten und wieder programmierbaren SEU-FPGAs (Single Event Upset), die speziell dafür ausgelegt sind, problemlos in Umgebungen mit der härtesten Strahlung zu arbeiten. Indem sie eine ab Lager verfügbare Lösung verwenden, um komplexe, Hochleistungs-Systeme für den Weltraumeinsatz aufbauen, die selbst nach dem Start in den Weltraum neu programmiert werden können, können Designteams die Zeitspanne vom Design bis zum Raketenstart von Jahren auf Monate verkürzen.

"NASA has a history of firsts when it comes to space exploration. We are excited that NASA's Earth Science Technology Office, in partnership with the ELaNa-3 CubeSat Launch Program, is sponsoring the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Michigan to be the first to fly a production Virtex-5QV FPGA as the time-to-launch has been significantly reduced by utilizing an off-the-shelf, reprogrammable, rad-hard device," said Harvey Steele Jr., Xilinx Vice President, Segment Marketing and Business Operations. "Passing the Mega-rad barrier in TID surpassed even our own expectations and leaves the door wide open for Virtex-5QV devices to provide reprogrammability and high-performance for a broad range of missions in defense, commercial and space exploration."

High Performance FPGAs for the Demanding Requirements of Space

The rad-hard features inherent in Virtex-5QV devices are backed by the highest levels of in-beam testing by the Xilinx Radiation Test Consortium (XRTC) and equivalent to millions of device years in space radiation environments. This means Virtex-5QV FPGAs provide exceptional protection against SEU, Total Immunity to Single-Event Latchup (SEL), high tolerance to TID, as well as data path protection from Single-Event Transients (SET). For example, the Virtex-5QV FPGA configuration memory provides nearly 1,000 times the SEU hardness of the standard cell latches in the commercial device, while configuration control logic and the JTAG controller have been hardened with embedded triple module redundancy.

Typical systems until now have either relied on one-time-programmable (OTP) solutions with reduced performance or long lead time, high non-recurring engineering (NRE) ASICs. Systems such as satellite communications networks, increased security for powerful defensive systems and new frontiers in space exploration will be within reach as a direct result of the unique combination of features that the Virtex-5QV FPGA provides.

What Customers are Saying

"We have anticipated the need for the Virtex-5QV FPGA for next generation space systems in defense applications," said Craig Purcell, Advanced Global Communications Program Director at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "To improve affordability and flexibility of our space systems, we are currently engaged in substantive efforts to insert space qualified FPGA reconfigurable technology into future missions."

"Having successfully flown the previous generation Virtex-4QV FPGA in the critical docking systems for the Orion program, we are evaluating the rad-hard Virtex-5QV device for our next designs utilizing the programmability and integration possibilities, which reduce mission risk significantly," said Rick Higgins, Manager, Ball Aerospace Electronics Product Center.

About Virtex-5QV Devices

Virtex-5QV FPGAs are built on the second-generation ASMBL(TM) column-based architecture of the proven, industry-leading Virtex-5 family with support in Xilinx's ISE® Design Suite. Virtex-5QV FPGAs integrate many of the same hard-IP system-level blocks, such as flexible 36-Kbit/18-Kbit block RAM/FIFOs, second generation 25x18 DSP slices, power-optimized high-speed serial transceiver blocks for enhanced serial connectivity, and PCI Express® compliant integrated Endpoint blocks. The Virtex-5QV device offers 130,000 logic cells, 320 DSP Slices supporting fixed and floating point operations, and 836 user I/Os programmable to more than 30 different standards for applications and ease of interfacing to a wide variety of system components. The Virtex-5QV device also provides the industry's first integrated high-speed connectivity solution for space with 18 channels of 3Gbps multi-gigabit serial transceivers for chip-to-chip, board-to-board and box-to-box communication. The radiation-hardened version of the commercial Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA was developed under sponsorship by AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate.

About Xilinx Aerospace & Defense

Xilinx has provided uninterrupted support to the A&D industry since 1989 with comprehensive solutions that include: commercial-grade, defense-grade and space-grade FPGAs; a complete ecosystem of IP from image processing to approved security; and advanced capabilities such as Information Assurance and Anti-Tamper. These solutions feature long product lifecycles, high reliability, unique manufacturing flows, specialized design services, and pioneering security solutions for high assurance applications. For more information, visit: http://www.xilinx.com/applications/aerospace-and-defense/index.htm.
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