Many of those who could only dream of space exploration in the last 50 years will be traveling to Mars in the next, and companies are already launching products to improve the quality of life of those interplanetary travelers. Given the lengthy process of designing and fabricating radiation hardened commercial chips, however, there are far more legacy Power PC (PPC) devices that clear this hurdle than ARM options.
Not satisfied with the limitations of the status quo, one aerospace company decided on a radiation-hardened ARM platform from Microchip for its solution, which would ease communication between space travelers and their loved ones on earth. That decision forced the company to make another tough choice: either develop the complex IP on its own or scrubbing the product launch.
Then they came to DornerWorks for FPGA engineering services.
DornerWorks guided the company toward Microchip’s RTG4 radiation tolerant FPGAs rather than a strict software approach.