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Heavy Ion Induced Single Event Effects Characterization on an RF-Agile Transceiver for Flexible Multi-Band Radio Systems in NewSpace Avionics

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Institute of Space Systems, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Robert-Hooke-Str. 7, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), CH1211 Geneve, Switzerland
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Electronics and Sensor Systems, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), Siemens-Halske-Ring 14, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
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Aerospace 2020, 7(2), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace7020014
Received: 13 January 2020 / Revised: 5 February 2020 / Accepted: 7 February 2020 / Published: 9 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Single Event Effect Prediction in Avionics)
Nowadays, technologies have a massive impact on the design of avionic systems, even for the conservative space industry. In this paper, the single event effect (SEE) characterization of a highly integrated and radio frequency (RF) agile transceiver is being presented which is an outstanding candidate for future radio systems in NewSpace applications and space avionics. The device being investigated allows programmable re-configuration of RF specifications, where classical software-defined radios (SDR) only define an on-demand re-configuration of the signal processing. RF related configurations are untouched for common SDR and developed discretely by the specific application requirements. Due to the high integrity and complexity of the device under test (DUT), state-of-the-art radiation test procedures are not applicable and customized testing procedures need to be developed. The DUT shows a very robust response to linear energy transfer (LET) values up to 62.5 MeV.cm²/mg, without any destructives events and a moderate soft error rate. View Full-Text
Keywords: single event effects; heavy ion; software-defined radio; space avionics; RFIC; NewSpace single event effects; heavy ion; software-defined radio; space avionics; RFIC; NewSpace
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Budroweit, J.; Jaksch, M.; Alía, R.G.; Coronetti, A.; Kölpin, A. Heavy Ion Induced Single Event Effects Characterization on an RF-Agile Transceiver for Flexible Multi-Band Radio Systems in NewSpace Avionics. Aerospace 2020, 7, 14.

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