Infineon, Teledyne e2V team for space boot

Infineon, Teledyne e2V team for space boot

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Technologies and Teledyne e2v (NYSE:TDY) have developed a reference design for reliable, local boot operation of compute-intensive space systems.

The design is built around a Teledyne e2v QLS1046-Space edge computing module configured by the radiation-hardened 64MByte SONOS based NOR Flash memory from Infineon.

The design addresses two key challenges for space systems: weight and communication limitations. By reducing the number of components in the computing system and enabling AI computation at the edge, it helps to decrease latency and overcome communication restrictions.

The QLS1046-Space is part of Teledyne e2v’s Qormino product portfolio developed in Grenoble, France. It is based on a 64 bit Quad ARM Cortex A72 processor with 4 GB DDR4 memory and requires a non-volatile memory for boot-up.

The robust radiation-hardened SONOS-based Infineon CYRS17B512 non-volatile memory is highly optimized for processor boot-up and for FPGA configuration as the QSPI bus can be connected directly to the QLS1046-Space at 1.8V, eliminating the need for a voltage translator. In addition, two SONOS NOR Flash memories can be used for redundancy to meet space requirements.

Both the QLS1046-Space and the CYRS17B512 have high radiation resilience specifications to provide safe operation and long lifetime once deployed in space. The combination of the two devices achieves a 100 krad (Si) total ionizing dose (TID) rating and a 60 MeV.cm2/mg single event latch-up (SEL) immunity.

“By collaborating with valued technology partners like Infineon, we are successfully establishing a product ecosystem around our renowned Qormino edge computing module,” said Thomas Porchez, Application Engineer at Teledyne e2v. “The new reference design makes it much easier for space system designers, allowing them to keep everything on schedule and within budget, while reducing engineering effort.”

“Our CYRS17B512 NOR Flash memory and Teledyne e2v’s QLS1046-Space processor module are well suited to work together in demanding space designs,” said Helmut Puchner, Vice President & Fellow at Infineon’s Memory Solutions Aerospace & Defense. “We expect to see a lot of market interest in the reference design with these two key components, which are necessary to provide a solid space solution for high performance computing applications.”;

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