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Dissecting Rugged Development of COTS FPGA Hardware

March 09, 2017 | BY: Denis Smetana

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With the increased use of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) hardware in today’s aerospace and defense military systems, products need to be designed and tested to ensure performance remains as expected under extreme conditions. COTS vendors also need to be able to provide the necessary data to system integrators to enable the most effective design for their systems.

Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processing modules provide unique challenges for rugged, deployed applications and often require some extreme ruggedization testing to meet the demands. This white paper discusses the challenges FPGA modules carry and how best to meet them. This includes the technical design enhancements, the qualification process, as well as providing sufficient data to understand how the product may perform under the target configuration in a rugged environment.

COTS FPGA

Figure 1: FPGAs need to be tested in extreme temperatures for proper qualification.

Download our Dissecting Rugged Development of COTS FPGA Hardware White Paper to read more about:

  • Ruggedization challenges
  • Capacity, frequency, and leakage current
  • Convection, conduction, and AFT cooling
  • Qualification processes for FPGAs
  • VITA 47

 

Author’s Biography

Denis Smetana

Senior Product Manager - FPGA

Denis Smetana is Senior Product Manager for FPGA products for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, based out of Ashburn Virginia. He has over 25 years of experience with ASIC and FPGA product development and management in both the telecom and defense industry and over 10 years of experience with COTS FPGA products. He has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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