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Presentation Hall B1 SEMICON EUROPA > TechARENA 1 & 2 - Technological Platform for Innovation > Smart Design | Designing Electronic Systems for Advanced Applications
16:20-16:40 h | Hall B1 Tech Arena 1, Booth B1.175
Subjects: SEMICON EUROPA
Semiconductor devices used for space missions have for decades dominated as specialized, radiation hardened components, built to the highest standards of reliability. Developed and manufactured in small quantities, the cost of traditional HighRel devices can exceed their commercial counterparts by several orders of magnitude.In recent years however, the number of smaller satellites, placed in lower orbits and designed for shorter operating lifetime, has increased. Especially the the concept of larger satellite constellations, with hundreds to thousands of spacecraft communicating with each other, covering the entire surface of the earth with a dense mesh of instruments or communication equipment for particular applications, have challenged the industry by their unconventional requirements. Cost of individual equipment becomes a primary factor for a mission involving a large number of spacecraft. New ways of designing for space need to be considered, questioning the traditional risk assessment.From the perspective of a traditional HighRel component supplier, what is our strategy to follow this shift from the "best possible" to the "good enough"? Looking at what impact a harsh environment can have on semiconductor devices, and what makes a space grade component flight-worthy, the LeanREL™ concept and line of products is introduced. Aiming to combine traditional space pedigree with a manufacturing flow substantially reducing cost, the technology is an enabler for lower orbit, shorter lifetime, high volume space missions.
Christian Sayer is Field Applications Engineer for Cobham Gaisler and Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions. His focus is on processor, memory, interface, mixed signal and power components. Prior to Cobham, he worked as design and applications engineer for companies in the fabless semiconductor and embedded domain. Christian studied electrical engineering in Berlin, Montpellier and Paris. He holds a MSc. (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering of the Technical University of Berlin.