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SPACE ETHERNET PHYSICAL LAYER TRANSCEIVER

Objective

The growing complexity of space systems is creating the need for high speed networking technologies to interconnect the different elements of a spacecraft. This interest has spurred initiatives by both ESA and NASA to define the next generation networking technologies for Space. In both cases, Ethernet has been the preferred choice due to its wide adoption in terrestrial applications and because it is fully specified in standards to ensure interoperability.

The requirements for integrated circuits that have to operate in space are very different from those that are used in terrestrial applications. In particular, the radiation is much more intense and causes several types of effects on the devices that compromise their reliability. Therefore, special “rad-hard” design and manufacturing techniques are needed for devices that will operate in space. This means that to implement Ethernet in space systems, rad-hard Ethernet components have to be designed.

The goal of this proposal is to design and manufacture rad-hard Ethernet PHYs (Physical layer transceivers). In particular a 10/100Mbps PHY is targeted as the first short term objective. This device will enable the use of Ethernet in space systems and also provide the starting point for the long term objective of implementing a Gigabit Ethernet PHY for space. To that end, the proposal includes a feasibility study and also contributions to the 1000BASE-T-1 Ethernet standard.

To implement the Ethernet PHYs, the consortium has significant analogue (Arquimea) and digital (IHP) design capabilities. In addition, it has also experience on the upper layers of Ethernet and its use in Space systems (TTTech) and on the design and implementation of Ethernet PHYs and Ethernet standards (Universidad de Nebrija). Finally, the electronic technology and manufacturing capabilities are also covered (ATMEL) as are the space system perspective and testing (Thales Alenia Space Spain).

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ARQUIMEA INGENIERIA SL
Address
Calle Margarita Salas 10
28919 Leganes Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 817 662,50

Participants (5)

THALES ALENIA SPACE ESPANA, SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 510 150
Address
Calle Einstein 7
28760 Tres Cantos - Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAS NEBRISSENSIS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 359 350
Address
Cd Residencial Berzosa
28240 Hoyo De Manzanares
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 512 450
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Activity type
Other
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY NANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 572 475
Address
Route De Gachet La Chantrerie
44300 Nantes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TTTECH COMPUTERTECHNIK AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 343 135
Address
Schonbrunner Strasse 7
1040 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)