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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Magnetising the next generation of high-throughput satellites

  • 11.02.2017

Satellite manufacturers are designing and making proprietary isolated DC-DCs and switching point-of-loads. Power transformers and inductors are fundamental to the design of these regulators respectively. Read More...

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Make vs buy: voltage regulators for space

  • 09.27.2017

With so much emphasis on low cost, many spacecraft manufacturers are making their own voltage regulators using space-grade or COTS-based discrete components. Read More...

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Clocking high-throughput satellites

  • 06.22.2017

Engineers are mesmerised by the latest FPGAs and ADC/DACs, however, these need to be powered and clocked properly to deliver their specified performance. Read More...

Introducing the first 16 nm semiconductor for space applications

  • 05.23.2017

Just like the commercial world, FinFET technology offers a lot of potential for the space industry. The RT-ZU19EG will deliver 10× the performance of the V5QV FPGA consuming similar power in the same package. Read More...

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Using and selecting COTS components for space applications

  • 04.13.2017

COTS components require careful risk assessment and their operation and/or specification may have to be modified or de-rated to meet a mission's reliability needs. Read More...

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Introducing RFSoC

  • 03.14.2017

Integrating GSPS ADCs and DACs with Xilinx's programmable MPSoC fabric reduces physical footprint and chip-to-chip latency and completely eliminates the external digital interfaces between the mixed-signal convertors and FPGA. Read More...

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Selecting a space-grade isolated DC-DC

  • 01.25.2017

Selecting the most appropriate DC-DC for your project requires the consideration of many factors: first and foremost, what are the specific power, voltage, and current requirements? Read More...

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How to select a space-grade switching regulator

  • 12.08.2016

Selecting the most appropriate switching regulator requires the consideration of many factors. Which part is right for your project? Read More...

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8 tips for effective power-integrity probing

  • 11.01.2016

Poor PCB layout, inadequate floor-planning, ineffective de-coupling, and weak filtering cause AC noise, interference, and transients on the power rails supplying FPGAs, ADCs, and DACs, affecting their performance. Read More...

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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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