Out-of-this-World Design

- February 08, 2013

Out-of-this-World Design is a blog dedicated to space electronics.

Each month we discuss spacecraft payload and platform electronics and on-board signal processing techniques for telecommunication, navigation, Earth Observation and space-science satellites.

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Introducing the world’s first, 28 nm semiconductor for space, part 3

  • 12.11.2015

For the first time, space users will be able to avail of ultra-deep-submicron performance without having to pay large, up-front, NRE costs. Read More...

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Introducing the world’s first 28nm semiconductor for space, part 2

  • 11.12.2015

The specification of Altera's COTS FPGA for space applications and its range of logic resources and innovative fabric design exceeds by several generations the speed, bandwidth, and power advantages of current space-grade ASIC technology. Read More...

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Introducing the world’s first 28nm semiconductor for space

  • 09.08.2015

The specification of Altera's COTS FPGA for space applications, with its range of logic resources and innovative fabric design, exceeds by several generations the speed, bandwidth, and power advantages of current space-grade ASIC technology. Read More...

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Are you bored with your board?

  • 07.30.2015

Manufacturers of spacecraft avionics are considering new PCB materials with lower relative dielectric constants and dissipation factors to achieve the performances that will enable future missions for satellite operators. Read More...

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Designing a low-cost, reusable power-distribution architecture

  • 07.08.2015

It is now possible to develop a low-cost, reusable, scalable, reliable, and efficient power-distribution architecture to supply future satellite sub-systems. Read More...

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Kintex-7, SEU mitigation using an isolated-design flow, part 1

  • 04.17.2015

Replicating and isolating redundant logic blocks within an FPGA fabric offers the potential of fault-tolerant implementation, confining SEUs to a single module preventing their propagation. Read More...

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It's time to SPICE up your life!

  • 02.19.2015

Earlier this year, I decided to get hot and spicy and compare the performance of three graphical SPICE circuit simulators to develop stable voltage regulators for space electronics. Read More...

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Satellite anatomy 101

  • 01.15.2015

This discussion will help you understand the 'anatomy' of a satellite and the basic principles of satellite communications. Read More...

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Turkish delights and harsh environments

  • 12.02.2014

A Turkish bath experience prompts thoughts on the harsh environment of space and how it can can wreak havoc on unprotected microelectronics, ultimately leading to component failure. Cosmic rays speeding through space can strike ICs at sensitive locations, causing immediate upsets known as SEEs.Read More...

Testing times for design engineers

  • 10.31.2014

Characterising subsystems containing high-power devices switching at megahertz/gigahertz frequencies with very fast edges is stretching the capabilities of measurement equipment, and we all have to become test engineers to understand what's inside the box, the sources of errors, and how to use DSOs, VNAs, TDRs and spectrum analysers properly.Read More...

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