17-19 March 2020
European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
Europe/Amsterdam timezone
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First Design-In Experiences and Comparison of KU060, NG-ULTRA and RTPolarFire for On-Board Processing and AI

19 Mar 2020, 14:50
Newton 1 and 2 (European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC))

Newton 1 and 2

European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)

Keplerlaan 1 2201AZ Noordwijk ZH The Netherlands
Industrial Experiences Industrial Experiences


Dr Rajan Bedi (Spacechips)


Spacechips develops ultra high-throughput on-board processing and transponder products for telecommunication, Earth-Observation, internet and M2M/IoT satellites. We compare and share design-in experiences of the latest ultra deep-submicron space-grade FPGAs and MPSoCs: Xilinx's, 20 nm, Kintex UltraScale KU060, NanoXplore's 28 nm NG-ULTRA and Microchip's 28 RFPolarFire.

Xilinx's KU060 and NanoXplore's NG-ULTRA are SRAM-based FPGAs while Microchip's RTPolarFire is based on SONOS flash technology. We compare and share design-in experiences for the three devices as well as presenting future prototyping solutions.

Xilinx's, 20 nm, Kintex UltraScale KU060 SRAM FPGA offers the space industry a step-change in reconfigurable, on-board processing. For missions with higher-reliability needs, a scrubber may be required to preserve the integrity of the KU060's configuration memory.

A number of internal and external scrubbing options will be presented for the KU060 from blind scrubbing to read-back with partial re-configuration in the background during normal operation. This will include SEFI detection of the SelectMAP interface.

The three devices offer sufficient processing resources to realise on-board AI for telecommunication, Earth-Observation and science missions. A number of machine-learning applications will be presented as well as the related hardware challenges.

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Dr Rajan Bedi (Spacechips)

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