A Novel Field Programmable Gate Array for Space Applications

Period of Performance: 06/17/1997 - 12/31/1998

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mission Research Corp.
D1720 Randolf Road SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

A unique field programmable gate array (FPGA) is proposed for applications in space, military, and civilian environments requiring the versatility of reconfigurability with the retention of the configuration in an unpowered state. The design is based on a combination of three leading edge technologies: (1) nonvolatile memory cells, (2) innovative non-destructive readout circuits, and (3) radiation hardened CMOS technology. The FPGA will be capable of being configured once and retaining that the configuration may be changed to implement enhanced processing algorithms in hardware, to permit hardware "work around," and to change hardware configuration based on processing requirements. The requirement that the FPGA be in-circuit reconfigurable, nonvolatile, and radiation hardened has led to the selection of a coarse-grained logic architecture along with a novel hierarchical routing approcach. Performance and functionality of the device will be comparable to presently available commercial FPGA products. An extensie integrated CAD support system will consist of both commercially available tools for design capture and synthesis and architecture specific tools for technology mapping and place and route.