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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Spacecraft data handling using ARM-based processors

  • 09.27.2016

Given that our lives depend on the reliability of ARM-based fail-safe systems every day, could the space industry also benefit from the performance, power, size, ease of use, and accessibility benefits of the ARM architecture? Read More...

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SERDES testing for rocket scientists

  • 08.24.2016

As SERDES bit rates increase, spacecraft OEMs are grappling with how to measure and characterise the performance and reliability of hardware high-speed serial links to ensure satellite sub-systems are developed right-first time. Read More...

Wideband testing of satellites

  • 06.29.2016

Characterising transponder performance over several GHz of bandwidth can be very difficult for OEMs and equally challenging for suppliers of test and measurement equipment. Read More...

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IBIS-AMI for rocket scientists

  • 06.09.2016

Verification of high-speed serial links has become a major challenge for many satellite OEMs wanting to offer the benefits of high-throughput digital payloads to spacecraft operators. Read More...

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RF impedance matching for rocket scientists

  • 05.18.2016

RF impedance matching has become a major challenge for many satellite OEMs wanting to offer the benefits of high-throughput digital payloads to spacecraft operators. Read More...

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Decoupling for rocket scientists, part 1

  • 03.08.2016

Did you know that in some instances you can remove many of the decoupling capacitors on your PCB without impacting the performance or the reliability of your sub-system? Read More...

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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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