Radiation-hardened single board computer for space enters fabricationNews
August 24, 2021
ARLINGTON, Va. BAE Systems has announced that its radiation-hardened RAD510 System on Chip (SoC) for space-based computing is entering fabrication. Manufactured by GlobalFoundries (GF), the RAD510 SoC will be the core of a single board computer (SBC) designed with twice the performance capability of the RAD750 microprocessor.
According to the company, the new SBC will aim to provide Power Architecture software-compatible processing that is intended to be more advanced than the RAD750 radiation-hardened general purpose processor, and uses less power from its spacecraft.
The RAD510 SoC is already being integrated into SBCs that will be available to space agencies and spacecraft manufacturers this year. For ease of transition, the software is compatible with both the RAD750 and RAD5545 computers.
BAE Systems’ facility in Manassas, Va. is a U.S. Department of Defense Category 1A Microelectronics Trusted Source, and the RAD510 SoCs are manufactured at GF’s Fab 10 facility in East Fishkill, N.Y., which has also been deemed a U.S. Department of Defense Category 1A Microelectronics Trusted Source.