CAFS - Commercial ASIC Foundries for Space Applications

Project: Research project

Project Details


In contrast to the digital ASIC domain, there are no space qualified analog ASIC processes and
foundries available in Europe. Thus, in order to achieve ITAR-free products, the use of commercial ASI
technologies and processes for space applications represents a highly innovative and attractive
approach. While AAE has already gained experience in design area, the qualification of the ASIC part
the substance of the proposed work. The main goal is to optimise the cost function of such a commerci
ASIC component qualification for space use by understanding all technological constraints. Our partner
in this study, Institute of Electronics, TU GRAZ, will contribute their vast know-how of analog ASIC
design, related ASIC foundries and applicable commercial quality standards. For instance, we will
compare quality standards applicable in the automotive and medical industry with the ESA quality
standard in order to point out where the real differences are, which are important to be observed.
Effective start/end date1/11/0830/04/09