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Microsemi's technical experts and partners will be presenting the most innovative space-related products, capabilities, and technology roadmaps, as well as solutions for combating the effects of radiation, and much more. We will provide demonstrations of the latest products from Microsemi and our partners
Highlights will include
- A detailed update on the qualification and radiation characterization of our RTG4 high-speed radiation-tolerant 65nm flash-based FPGAs
- Discussion of techniques to optimize performance and achieve timing closure with RTG4 designs
- How radiation-tolerant mixed signal integrated circuits provide key functions for telemetry and motor control
- Distributed satellite power bus supply reference design for RTG4 FPGA's using Microsemi's radiation hardened power hybrids and discrete surface mount converters
- In-depth overview of Microsemi's space power solutions including both hybrid and surface mount technology
- How Microsemi's discrete technology solves customer's system level issues
- How space-qualified crystal oscillators provide accurate frequency and time required for timing, radar, and communication functions
- Demonstrations of inter-operation of Microsemi RTG4 FPGAs with power, telemetry, and motor control products from Microsemi and from our partner companies and organizations
This is a must-attend space technology forum for system-level architects, R&D engineers, design and component engineers, and other space-industry professionals. Feel free to share this information with your space-technology colleagues.
Thank you to this years Partners for joining 2017 Space Forum
2017 Space Forum Agenda
Introduction and Welcome Address (15 mins)
Presenter: Ken O'Neill
During the welcome address we will provide a brief overview of Microsemi's current product portfolio for space flight applications, discuss some recent successes in the industry in which Microsemi's products played pivotal roles, and look forward to some of the innovations which will fuel growth and development in the space industry
RT FPGA Product Update (45 mins)
Presenter: Minh Nguyen
The current Microsemi portfolio of radiation-tolerant FPGAs will be reviewed in detail, covering architecture, features, benefits, reliability and qualification. The presentation will also discuss recent developments in qualification and processing flows for the latest high-speed signal-processing spaceflight FPGA family—RTG4, integrating Microsemi's fourth-generation flash-based FPGA fabric and high-performance interfaces such as serialization/deserialization (SERDES) on a single chip while maintaining the resistance to radiation-induced configuration upsets in the harshest radiation environments.
RT FPGA Radiation Characterization (30 mins)
Presenters: JJ Wang, Ken O'Neill
This presentation will focus on the latest radiation testing methodology and test results for RT FPGAs including RTG4 high-speed radiation-tolerant FPGAs. The RTG4 FPGA family has gone through extensive radiation testing for Total Ionizing Dose (TID) and Single Event Effects (SEE) which include Single Event Latch-up, Single Event Upset, Single Event Transient and Single Event Functional Interrupt for the FPGA fabric and various embedded blocks. The latest updates for in-flight programming will also be discussed.
Space Power and Point of Load Solutions Product Overview (45 mins)
Presenter: Chris Hart
Microsemi's custom design experience on the satellite bus has allowed us to create a dynamic portfolio of standard products and capabilities for providing an entire satellite power solution across all orbits.
RTG4 Power Hardware Reference Design (30 mins)
Presenter: Brian Wilkinson
A complete hardware reference design using Microsemi's flight proven hardware for powering the latest Microsemi RTG4 FPGA will be presented. The design focuses on creating one of the smallest footprint solutions on the space market for a LEO orbit while maintaining the critical performance requirements of efficiency, accuracy, and transient performance.
High Precision Frequency and Timing Solutions for Space (30 mins)
Presenter: Ashley Pollock
Microsemi has developed Atomic Clocks and High Precision Oscillators for some of the most demanding space applications. This discussion will provide an overview of our High Performance Frequency & Timing products and customization capabilities for space applications.
Mixed Signal Solutions for Space (45 mins)
Presenter: Dorian Johnson
This presentation will cover Microsemi mixed signal ICs for space applications. The discussion will focus on product features, status and availability, radiation testing and performance, and tools available to assist customers with evaluation of our mixed signal ICs for specific program requirements. In addition to standard products for applications including telemetry and motor control, we will also cover our custom capabilities.
Achieving Timing Closure for Maximum Performance in RTG4 FPGAs (30 mins)
Presenter: Hichem Belhadj
In this session we consider some common timing closure scenarios, and present effective techniques for optimizing the performance of RTG4 radiation-tolerant FPGAs. Several detailed examples are provided, and guidance on general principles of designing for performance are covered.
Next Generation Power Discretes (30 mins)
Presenter: Chris Hart
Microsemi is a world leader of space discretes with the largest portfolio of discrete diodes and transistors at over 59 percent of all certified products on the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)'s QPL/QML lists. By leveraging our Radiation Hardened discrete expertise we will present an update on our next generation technology looking at the "New Space" market as well as SWaP improvements for more conventional communication satellites.
Space Application Focus (30 mins)
Presenters: Brian Wilkinson, Hichem Belhadj
In this session we provide examples of how the breadth of Microsemi's product portfolio for space applications can be leveraged to create innovative system designs, allowing designers to create space systems with higher performance, lower power, lower cost and smaller footprints, without compromising reliability.
Presenters: Various Microsemi and Partner Presenters
Throughout the day we will provide a series of demonstrations of Microsemi radiation-tolerant products, including a telemetry solution using an RTG4 FPGA and an LX7730 Telemetry Manager, a motor control solution using an RTG4 FPGA and an LX7720 Motor Control Manager, a power supply design using an SA50 DC-DC converter, MHP8564 and MHP8565 point of load regulators, and an in-system reprogramming solution for an RTG4 FPGA using a RISC-V microprocessor integrated into a second RTG4 FPGA. Our partners will demonstrate data networking using SpaceWire and SpaceFiber protocols, space-rated DDR2 and QDR-II+ memory products operating with RTG4 FPGAs, LEON3FT and LEON4FT microprocessor IP operating in an RTG4 FPGA, and a software tool for analysis of clock-domain crossings in RT ProASIC3 and RTG4 FPGAs.
Space Forum Speaker Biographies
Director of Marketing, Space FPGAs, Microsemi SoC Products Group
Ken O'Neill is Director of Marketing, Space and Aviation with Microsemi, and has supported applications in space, aviation and other high-reliability markets for more than 25 years. O'Neill originally joined Microsemi in June 1990 as an FPGA Product Marketing Engineer, and has held several marketing and field applications engineering positions. Before joining Microsemi, O'Neill served as a Design Engineer with Hewlett-Packard's Computer Peripherals Group. Prior to that, he was a Design Engineer with Racal-Comsec Ltd. O'Neill holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Reading, England.
Sr. Marketing Manager, Space and Aviation, Microsemi
Minh Nguyen joined Microsemi in 2006 as an applications engineer. In this role she provided technical support and created application notes to support space customers. In 2010, Nguyen took on a product marketing role supporting space and aviation FPGAs. Nguyen holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in electrical engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Jih-Jong Wang Ph. D.
Chief Engineer, Technology Development, Microsemi SoC Products Group
Jih-Jong Wang joined Actel, now Microsemi, in 1995 as a senior staff processing engineer and plays a key role in the R&D, manufacturing and radiation testing on every generation of radiation hard/tolerant antifuse- and flash-based FPGA. He has a Ph. D. degree in Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Director of Marketing, Aerospace Products, Microsemi Discrete Products Group
Chris Hart recently joined Microsemi in 2016 with extensive experience in the Aerospace Market. Prior to joining, Chris was the Space Products Marketing Manager with Texas Instruments, and prior to that was a Senior Design engineer for Honeywell's Aerospace Products Division. He holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Systems Engineering from The University of Florida.
Senior Director Technical and Strategic Marketing and Applications Discrete Products Group – Power Discrete and Modules
Brian Wilkinson is the strategic applications manager for Microsemi's High-Reliability Group as of 2012. Wilkinson was an FAE supporting products from AMSG, HRG, RFIS and PPG with a special focus on power devices since joining Microsemi in 2007. Prior to that, he worked on missile systems at British Aerospace and was associated with a number of other semiconductor companies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in semiconductor devices from the University of Bradford, Bradford, England.
Business Development & Marketing Manager, Space Qualified Timing Products, Microsemi Frequency and Timing Division
Ashley Pollock joined the Microsemi Sales Team in 2006 and brings over 15 years' experience supporting various applications in high-reliability markets. Before joining Microsemi, Ashley served as the Domestic & International HiRel Key Accounts Manager with Infineon Technologies, HiRel Group.
Product Marketing Manager, Microsemi Analog Mixed Signal High-Reliability ICs
Dorian Johnson is a Product Marketing Manager for Hi-Reliability ICs with Microsemi's Analog Mixed Signal Business Unit. She brings over 30 years of experience in product engineering and marketing in the semiconductor industry. Dorian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Area Technical Manager, Europe, Microsemi Corporate Sales
Luca Cattaneo joined Actel, now Microsemi, in October 2000 as high level design specialist and promoted in the current role in 2001. Luca brings over 18 years' experience in HW architectures & design, ASIC/FPGA, and standards in several market sectors Consumer, Industrial, Military, Space. Prior to joining, Luca was a senior member in the R&D department of Lucent Technologies & Bell Labs, and prior to that design engineer within R&D at Siemens-Italtel. Luca has several granted patents and holds a Master's of science in electronics engineering from Polytechnic of Milan, Italy.
3D Plus is a worldwide supplier of advanced high density 3D microelectronic products, and bare die and wafer level stacking technologies meeting the demand for high reliability, high performance and very small size of today’s and tomorrow’s electronics.
Aldec, Inc., is an industry leader in Electronic Design Verification and offers a patented technology suite including: RTL Design, RTL Simulators, Hardware-Assisted Verification, SoC and ASIC Prototyping, Design Rule Checking, IP Cores, Requirements Lifecycle Management, DO-254 Functional Verification and Military/Aerospace solutions.
Blue Pearl Software, Inc. is a provider of design automation software for ASIC, FPGA and IP RTL verification. Our customers are RTL managers and developers, in military & aerospace, semiconductor, medical and communications companies, who wish to avoid costly and time-consuming design spins due to simulation vs. HW mismatches, invalid constraints and clocking issues. All design, development and support of Blue Pearl products is done in the United States of America.
Gaisler have been regularly presenting at the Space Forum since 2008 and found this event to be an excellent opportunity to show our latest FPGA based products and meet with potential customers. This year we will be exhibiting and presenting in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, where we look forward meeting our European customers both from the space industry and the European Space Agency located next door. We have recently added support for the IGLOO2/RTG4 FPGA technology in our GRLIB VHDL IP core library, which we will present at the Space Forum, and are also currently investigating how to use the RTG4 FPGA to create pre-programmed standard products.
Cypress is celebrating 35 years of leadership in the discrete memory semiconductor industry. Today Cypress offers our customers the highest performance and reliability NOR Flash, NAND Flash, SRAM, nvSRAM and F-RAM with discrete memory densities ranging from 4K-bit to 1G-bit in various environments including automotive, avionics and space . With unmatched quality and supply commitment, as well as a strong plan for future investment in new memory products, Cypress will continue to be an industry leader in discrete memory semiconductors for decades to come.
SemiDice is located in the U.S. and Europe, and has a logistical advantage to support the global procurement strategies of their Tier 1 OEM’s in the Military, Aerospace, Medical, Communication and Industrial markets. The internal capability to process, ink, map, probe, visually inspect and dice semiconductor wafers and bare die, along with best-in-class customer service, places SemiDice at the top of their niche industry. Being a privately-owned small business, their flexibility, creativity and service go unmatched according to customer surveys.
STAR-Dundee is pleased to be part of this year's Space Forum and will be presenting at all five events in the USA, Europe and India. STAR-Dundee is a leading supplier of spacecraft on-board data-handling technology, delivering a comprehensive range of SpaceWire test and development equipment, chip designs and IP cores to the international aerospace industry. SpaceFibre is a new on-board network technology which runs over both electrical and fibre-optic cables. SpaceFibre is capable of fulfilling a wide range of spacecraft onboard communications applications because of its inbuilt quality of service (QoS) and fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR) capabilities. The innovative QoS mechanism provides concurrent bandwidth reservation, priority and scheduled QoS. Novel integrated FDIR support provides galvanic isolation, transparent recovery from transient errors, error containment and "Babbling Idiot" protection. SpaceFibre is backwards compatible with existing SpaceWire equipment at the packet level allowing simple interconnection of SpaceWire devices into a SpaceFibre network. The RTG4 FPGA from Microsemi supports 400 Mbits/s SpaceWire links and using the inbuilt SerDes is capable of running SpaceFibre at up to 3.125 Gbits/s and above 12 Gbits/s with multiple lanes. Steve Parkes, the editor of the SpaceWire standard and the principal engineer behind SpaceFibre, will introduce SpaceWire and SpaceFibre, describe the IP cores available from STAR-Dundee and provide the performance and footprint figures for their implementation in the RTG4 and other Microsemi FPGAs.