NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

2006 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
with a session at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Washington, D.C.

September 26-28, 2006

Seminar: Radiation and Programmable Logic Devices 

The 2006 MAPLD International Conference seminars will be held on Monday, September 25, 2006 in Hemisphere A.

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This “short course” is aimed at avionics designers who wish to use FPGAs (particularly reconfigurable FPGAs) in mission critical applications in space radiation environments. It will cover the basics of space radiation environments, part responses to radiation (including degradation due to total dose and single-event upset and latchup), and available mil/aero FPGAs and their inherent radiation tolerances. For many reconfigurable FPGAs, upsets are the most important radiation effect and, in that case, the system error rate in flight is design-dependent. Thus, the bulk of the material will consist of a “how to” on design-level upset mitigation with detailed examples targeting a Virtex II Pro device. As the material is firmly grounded in real-world experience, the effectiveness of each example design has been measured in-beam and “lessons learned” will be discussed. In addition to avionics designers, instrument designers, managers of designers, and all persons interested in FPGA use in robust designs are encouraged to attend. Attendees will get a CD with a variety of relevant material to take home. The seminar will conclude with an optional participatory demonstration of end-to-end robust design flow for one of the more detailed upset-mitigated design examples.


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