Presto provides rad hard test for satellite chips

Presto provides rad hard test for satellite chips

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By Nick Flaherty

SatixFy Communications in Israel is working with European chip design house Presto Engineering on testing rad hard ASIC for satellite communication systems.

The strategic partnership supports the use of SatixFy’s custom communications chips in satellite constellations with testing and qualification processes to ensure performance and reliability. The chips are designed with radiation-hardening features, such as error-correcting codes and specialized semiconductor processes, to reduce the risk of radiation-induced errors and other malfunctions.

SatixFy develops end-to-end next-generation satellite communications systems, including satellite payloads, user terminals and modems, based on its in-house chipsets.

Presto Engineering is providing SatixFy with services to test and qualify the ASICs for deployment in space, as well as automated production worthy test solution and long-term production services for SatixFy’s Sx4000 and PRIME2, high-speed, mixed-signal ASICs.

SatixFy’s products include modems that feature Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Fully Electronically Steered Multi Beam Antennas (ESMA) that support the advanced communications standard DVB-S2X.

The Sx4000 is a DVB-S2X/RCS2 Software Defined Radio ASIC for regenerative on-board processing and transparent satellite systems, while PRIME2 is a digital beamformer ASIC designed for massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) antenna in space and multi-beam LEO/GEO (Low or Geostationary Earth Orbit) aeronautical antennas.

“Our partnership with Presto Engineering is a key step in our goal to deliver next-generation satellite communication systems,” said Charlie Bloomfield, CEO of SatixFy Space Systems. “Its unparalleled know-how in high-speed link and millimeter-wave RF (Radio Frequency) testing has been invaluable in helping us overcome the technical challenges of developing these unique ASICs to be used in the highly demanding environment of space.”

“SatixFy is a leader in the next-generation satellite communications systems and SATCOM sector, and we are very proud to be their industrialization and production partner,” said Cedric Mayor, CEO of Presto Engineering. “Our teams have already been working together for five years on different projects and have jointly met all the technical challenges of these unique ASICs, delivering to launch schedule. We are thrilled to renew our engagement and to demonstrate our commitment to this long-term partnership.”

SatixFy’s VSATs and multi-beam fully electronically steered antenna arrays are optimized for a variety of mobile applications and services, using LEO, MEO and GEO satellite communications systems, for aero/in-flight connectivity systems, communications-on-the-move applications, satellite-enabled Internet-of-Things, machine-to-machine devices, and consumer user terminals.

Founded in 2012, SatixFy is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel with additional offices in the UK, Bulgaria and the US.;

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