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DSP for Space Applications

Objective

New Earth observation, atmospheric sounding, planetary exploration and generally scientific missions require the capability to handle large amount of data and to process them on-board applying both first level trigger procedure and compression algorithm. The always bigger data flow requests an high on-board numerical calculation capability in order to elaborate the acquired information before sending them to the Earth.

Available DSP based modules offer a typical computing power of 20 MIPS and more noticeably 20 to 60 MFLOPS. Although it was considered sufficient a few years ago, future applications will require much higher computing power.

This requirement, together with the strong need to reduce the dependence on critical technologies from outside Europe, makes mandatory the development of next generation of European general-purpose high performance DSPs with a linked efficient and reliable SW application development environment.
DSPACE project aims to develop a high performance DSP for space application up to 1 GFLOPS that, meeting the scalability, multi-purpose and usability features, is conceived to be used both as stand-alone signal processor into embedded systems and as building component for increasing the computational capability.

A new DSP Core will be designed taking into account requirement and limitation due to European actual space technology. A complete front/back-end software environment, including a low level code optimiser layer, is expected to be developed together with benchmarks representative of common space scenarios.
The DSPACE core will be housed on FPGA demonstrator board and made available with complete SW Development Environment.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Coordinator

SITAEL SPA
Address
Via S Sabino 21
70042 Mola Di Bari
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 344 000
Administrative Contact
Annamaria Colonna (Ms.)

Participants (7)

TECHNOLABS srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 77 610,04
Address
Via Crescenzio 2
00193 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raffaella Mambrini (Ms.)
CONSORZIO PISA RICERCHE SCARL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 61 572,90
Address
Corso Italia 116
56125 Pisa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luca Fanucci (Prof.)
SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 259 301,50
Address
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Aked (Mr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 241 480
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rainer Leupers (Prof.)
SITAEL AEROSPACE SRL

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Livornese 1019
56122 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Annamaria Colonna (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 125 507,10
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luca Fanucci (Prof.)
PARTECIPAZIONI TECNOLOGICHE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 67 595,96
Address
Salita Del Poggio Laurentino 7
00144 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Brachini (Mr.)