Milan, April 21st 2020 – Despite COVID-19 RAD-PROM Project is on its way and 64kbit OTPs (RC28F64ARHX and RC28F64ARHI) have been bonded in their ceramic packages and ready for some visual inspection before going to be irradiated.
Milan, March 12 2020 – Third video released by RedCat Devices in the framework of RAD-PROM Project funded by Italian Space Agency (ASI) and focused on the last irradiation testing campaign at Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (LNS) of the INFN institute in Catania. Test chips RC28FTC01I (IHP 130nm silicon) and RC28FTC01X (X-FAB 180nm silicon) have been tested under Xenon ions up to 60 MeV*cm2/mg (Si) without any rupture. Keep watching and stay tuned!
Milan, March 5th 2020 – First heavy ions testing campaign for RAD-PROM test chips at LNS (Laboratori Nazionali del Sud) in Catania (Sicily) where RC28FTC01I (IHP 130nm silicon) and RC28FTC01X (X-FAB 180nm silicon) have been investigated using Xenon ions with a LET of 60 MeV*cm2/mg (Si). No SELs have been observed neither for Dog-Bone AntiFuse memory cells nor ELT (Edge-less) cells.
… and of course the celebration of the results with our friend Lelio and a good glass of Rum and Vodka…
Milano, Feb. 15th 2020 – Second video released by RedCat Devices in the framework of RAD-PROM Project funded by Italian Space Agency (ASI). This time some technical information on how AntiFuse cells are shaped to mitigate Intra Device Leakage and Inter Device Leakage are delivered with the help of short animations. Keep watching and stay tuned!
Rome (Italy) February 4th, 2020. In the framework of a cycle seminars organized by the Dept. of Engineering of University of Rome Tor Vergata (http://ing.uniroma2.it/tag/seminari/) RedCat Devices presented a talk on Rad-hard Standard Cells for Space Digital ASICs focusing on RHBD techniques to make resilient to radiation main building blocks such as inverters, NANDs, NORs and more complex cells including Flip-Flops and Latches.
Frankfurt Oder, Jan 9th 2020 – Last week the project team of the Horizon 2020 project MORAL met for the first time at IHP (Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics). Within the project the five partners (IHP, AbsInt Angewandte Informatik GmbH, RedCat Devices, SYSGO AG, Thales Alenia Space España S.A.) want to develop an Export-free Rad-hard Microcontroller for Space Applications. The MORAL project basically has two objectives: “One is to develop a completely European, ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) free microcontroller for space applications, focused on small satellites, flight control and payload computers for the purposes of mission control, earth observation, navigation and many other applications,” says Dr. Aleksandar Simevski, project coordinator and scientist at IHP. The processor core of the microcontroller is based on a novel IHP Peaktop architecture, including novel, European instruction set. The microcontroller will provide mechanisms for increased reliability and adaptability according to the needs of the space applications. Besides the microcontroller hardware, the required ITAR-free middleware, RTOS (Real Time Operating System) and toolchain will be also available. It is planned to achieve the technology readiness level 7: System Adequacy Validated in Space.
“The other goal is to establish a new European company held by the core consortium partners involved in the project, which will target a trans-continental market. This new company, as the last step of the project, will sell the microcontroller and give support to the market. It will be focused to produce the microcontroller that can bootstrap the European market for space applications. In particular, we will target the fast growing small satellite market.” Dr. Simevski describes. The project started on 1st of January 2020 and has a duration of 40 months. It is funded by the European Commission with 3 Mio. Euro.
Milan, Dec. 10th 2019. New book chapter for RedCat Devices in the last publication by A. Baschirotto, P. Harpe and K. Makinwa “Next-Generation ADCs, High-Performance Power Management, and Technology Considerations for Advanced Integrated Circuits” coming as proceedings of AACD19 Symposium in Milan (Italy). With “Rad-Hard Mixed-Signal IC Design, Theory and Implementation” C. Calligaro and U. Gatti make an ex-cursus on rad-hard analog components focusing on design challenges related to ADCs and Bandgap references and on testing irradiation techniques specific for this kind of components.
Milan (Italy) Nov. 22nd, 2019. RedCat Devices standard cells portfolio is now enriched with embedded SRAMs compatible with LFoundry 150nm process (LF15A). Rad-hard embedded SRAMs are designed using RCD proprietary RHBD techniques and they are compatible with RadLib18LF standard cells library. In this library both Single Port and Dual Port memories are availble with possibilities to shape any memory cut from 256bit up to 16kbit depth in the most different word width. Optionally it is also available (upon request) a basic embedded ECC engine using Hamming approach.