Commercial Off-the-Shelf Components in Space Applications

Authored by: Stefano Esposito , Massimo Violante

Semiconductor Devices in Harsh Conditions

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498743808
eBook ISBN: 9781315368948
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315368948-2

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Abstract

Space applications have always needed to cope with the particular environment into which they are deployed. Space is a particularly harsh environment for electronic components, because it poses several threats to normal functioning and lifetime duration of electronics deployed in spacecraft. One of the most challenging problems in a space application is the presence of high-energy particles interfering with the systems [5]. Radiation is naturally present all around the earth, coming from several sources, like the sun or outer space, and from the interaction among these particles and the earth’s magnetic field. All this radiation interferes in several ways with the electronic components and may cause severe malfunctioning (like single-event upsets [SEUs], which consist of random changes of the content of memory bits, or single-event latch-ups, which consist of the destruction of the component due to the activation of parasitic structures leading to short circuits), which could in turn threaten the mission success.

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