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SPACE ETHERNET PHYSICAL LAYER TRANSCEIVER

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).

Coordinator

ARQUIMEA INGENIERIA SL

Address

Calle Margarita Salas 10
28919 Leganes Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 817 662,50

Participants (5)

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THALES ALENIA SPACE ESPANA, SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 510 150

UNIVERSITAS NEBRISSENSIS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 359 350

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 512 450

MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY NANTES

France

EU Contribution

€ 572 475

TTTECH COMPUTERTECHNIK AG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 343 135

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 640243

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 115 222,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 115 222,50

Coordinated by:

ARQUIMEA INGENIERIA SL

Spain

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