[SatNews] Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) has announced its radiation-tolerant (RT) RT ProASIC®3 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have been qualified by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) Class Q. The devices are also the first flash-based FPGAs to receive a QML qualification.
“The QML qualification for our RT Pro+ASIC3 FPGAs validates the quality and reliability of these devices, as well as our qualification and manufacturing screening processes—putting these products in a class of their own,” said Ken O’Neill, director of marketing, space and aviation at Microsemi. “This qualification opens the door for many Microsemi space customers to take advantage of the reprogrammability and easy prototyping of these devices, without the requirement to provide the extra paperwork necessary when using non-qualified products.”
This new QML qualification aligns with the company’s focus on delivering industry-leading space-level capabilities, technologies and products, and follows on the recently announced next generation RTG4 family of FPGAs. RTG4 uses a low power flash process and is immune to changes in configuration due to radiation effects. Complementing its leadership in space FPGA technology, Microsemi is increasing its value as a systems solution provider with a new family of radiation-hardened analog mixed signal ICs for telemetry and motor control, such as the recently announced LX7730 telemetry controller, as well as with a variety of radiation-hardened DC-to-DC converters, precision time and frequency solutions, linear and point of load (POL) hybrids, custom hybrid solutions and comprehensive radiation-hardened discretes.
Microsemi’s RT ProASIC3 FPGAs are the first devices of their type to provide space-flight hardware designers a radiation-tolerant, reprogrammable, non-volatile logic integration solution. The FPGAs are based on low power 130 nanometer (nm) flash technology that provides immunity against damaging radiation-induced configuration upsets, while eliminating the need for additional code storage devices. The easily reprogrammable FPGAs also enable quick prototyping and design validation capabilities, which streamline product development efforts.
Microsemi will be hosting a series of one-day Space Forum events in five U.S. and international locations during June and August 2015. Microsemi’s technical experts, along with the company’s partners, will present today’s leading space-related products, capabilities, technology roadmaps and solutions. Microsemi’s Space Forum is open to the company’s customers, as well as other space industry architects and engineers. For more information or to register, visit http://www.microsemi.com/spaceforum.