FPGAs are fully qualified for space
Actel Corp is shipping fully qualified RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays to customers developing high-reliability space-flight systems.
Actel Corp is shipping fully qualified RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to customers developing high-reliability space-flight systems The RTAX-S family ranges in density from 250,000 to 2 million equivalent system gates and meets the performance and radiation-resistance requirements of satellite bus and payload applications
The RTAX-S family offers sufficient density and features to enable designers to take advantage of the flexibility of FPGAs, thereby freeing designers from the front-end cost and schedule constraints that currently plague radiation-hardened application-specific integrated circuit (RH-ASIC) solutions.
Further, unlike SRAM-based FPGAs, the single-chip RTAX250S, RTAX1000S and RTAX2000S devices have proven immunity to single-event upsets (SEUs) and require no radiation mitigation techniques.
"Reliability is the number one requirement for devices used at the heart of mission-critical applications".