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Rad-hard by design methodology in today’s military and space markets - Story

June 14, 2023

The demand for high-performance electronic components for the space, defense, and nuclear markets in 5G/6G communication, real-time imaging, and nuclear instrumentation is hindered by the limited availability of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) components. Two solutions exist: The first is up-screening commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, with the second being the use of space-graded electronics. While the COTS approach is cheaper, it requires expensive risk management and may incur high costs throughout the product life cycle. Rad-hard components are preferred, but are limited to legacy components with high costs that typically do not match COTS performance. A radiation-hardened by design (RHBD) approach can meet performance, availability, and cost requirements.

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