Necessity of fault tolerance techniques in xilinx kintex 7 FPGA devices for space missions : a case study

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In FPGA applications in space, implementations are generally protected using radiation-error mitigation techniques such as triple modular redundancy. For high-performance systems, such fault tolerance techniques can prove problematic due to large power overhead. This paper presents a case study on the Digital Receiver System (DRS) in the Netherlands-China Low-frequency Explorer (NCLE), which is implemented using a Xilinx Kintex 7 SRAM FPGA. Estimates for the critical cross-section of the system are presented, as well as estimated fault rates for a five-year mission to the second Earth-Moon Lagrange point. This includes simulations on the expected radiation environment, an analysis on the applicability of the used Xilinx Kintex 7 FPGA in these conditions and an analysis on the feasibility of implementing the DRS with minimal mitigation techniques for this mission. The steps performed during the analysis are described in detail, as to provide a guideline for replicating such an analysis for different space missions.

Originele taal-2Engels
TitelProceedings - 20th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2017
RedacteurenH. Kubátová , M. Novotný, A. Skavhaug
Plaats van productiePiscataway
UitgeverijInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Aantal pagina's8
ISBN van elektronische versie9781538621455
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-5386-2147-9
StatusGepubliceerd - 26 jun 2017
Evenement20th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD 2017) - Vienna, Oostenrijk
Duur: 30 aug 20171 sep 2017
Congresnummer: 20


Congres20th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD 2017)
Verkorte titelDSD 2017

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