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Located in Grenoble, in the heart of the French Silicon Valley, Teledyne e2v is a semiconductor manufacturer since 1955. Teledyne has acquired e2v in March 2017 and counts now more than 11 000 employees across Europe, America and Asia. Thanks to its invaluable experience, Teledyne e2v provides its customers with the most advanced Signal Processing Solutions and Microprocessor offer.

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In order to remain a leader in its domain, Teledyne e2v has been surrounded by the most prestigious industrial and institutional partners to develop innovative projects alongside them. For several years now, the company has created a long lasting collaboration with CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, the French Space Agency) to achieve the challenging objectives set for expanding the next generation of high-speed A-to-D and D-to-A. In addition, the INTERSTELLAR project ( is currently co-funded by the European Commission to develop critical ADCs and DACs for European non-dependence and competitiveness, under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (Grant Agreement No 730165), the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. The INTERSTELLAR consortium includes Thalès Alenia Space France, Airbus Italia S.p.A and the Fraunhofer Institute IIS and gives companies the ability to develop and qualify highly innovative products for space applications. As part of the INTERSTELLAR advisory board, CNES ensures that "the new generation of data converters are consistent with the users' needs and that their quality level will fit with Space stringent requirements. Teledyne e2v has a unique and excellent expertise in wideband data converters design, assembly and test. CNES is confident that those new ADC and DAC will be key technologies for high performance satellites," says Florence Malou, Components Expert at CNES. In this context, Teledyne e2v addresses the development of high-speed ADCs and DACs by being in charge of design, manufacturing and test activities. Using European semiconductor technology, the new converters target performances beyond today's state-of-the-art in order to reach higher integration with more channels on a board, lower power consumption, larger bandwidth and increased dynamic performance. Within the INTERSTELLAR project, two new data converters are developed and matured to qualified stage (Technology Readiness Level TRL6). A four-channel ADC, the EV12AQ600 sampling at up to 6.4 GSps offers ultra-wide input bandwidth, flexibility and high-speed serial outputs. A multi-channel DAC the EV12DD700, reconstructing beyond 6.4 GHz offers multi-Nyquist output bandwidth, programmable output modes, high-speed serial inputs and innovative digital features. Such devices facilitate innovative Rx and Tx signal chain solutions for satellite telecommunications, earth observation, navigation and scientific missions. Demonstrations and samples will be already available early 2020. Another very promising partnership with CNES aims to deliver a powerful ARM® based Common Computer Platform module for Space applications. Part of Teledyne e2v's Qormino family, this product is the new QLS1046-4GB-Space, a Quad ARM Cortex® A72 based microprocessor platform running up to 1.6GHz (based on NXP LS1046) which includes 4GB DDR4 Memory (72 bits Memory bus (64 bits Data / 8 bits ECC). Qormino QLS1046-4GB-Space (size 44 x 26 mm) has a Space Reliability grade and its temperature range goes from -55°C to +125°C. This Space version of Qormino naturally brings additional computing capabilities to the Space platforms and payloads, size weight and power optimizations (SWaP), and reduction of development cycle times. Several tests are being performed now to demonstrate and evaluate Qormino module's behavior when soldered to a PCB, taking into account space environment constraints such as vibrations and thermal cycles. Moreover, radiation tests have been performed last September showing that the module should be capable to sustain a space environment. Another radiation test campaign is programmed for the end of the year 2019 with final reports available at the beginning of the coming year and Flight Models in 2021. Please click to read the full article: