Microchip receives QML designation for radiation-tolerant PolarFire FPGA in high-rel space applications

Nov. 6, 2023
MIL-STD-883B for QML Class Q establishes testing to ensure that microelectronics are suitable for military and aerospace electronic systems.

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Microchip Technology Inc. in Chandler, Ariz., have achieved Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) designation for the company's radiation-tolerant PolarFire field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

QML designations often are the most trusted and readily accepted in space program designs. As designated by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Microchip RT PolarFire FPGA is QML Class Q qualified.

This certification enables designers to begin integrating the RT PolarFire FPGA into their space flight systems. QML qualifications are standardized based on specific performance and quality requirements governed by the DLA.

Low-power and reprogrammable RT PolarFire FPGAs offer expanded logic density and high performance, providing significant improvements in signal processing throughput. Unlike SRAM-based FPGA alternatives, these devices do not exhibit any configuration single-event upsets (SEUs) in radiation.

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MIL-STD-883B, the baseline qualification standard for QML Class Q, establishes strict methods for testing microelectronic devices to ensure they are suitable for military and aerospace electronic systems.

To achieve QML Class Q qualification, the RT PolarFire FPGA went through rigorous assessments to determine its ability to withstand the harmful effects of natural elements and conditions found in defense and space operations.

The QML Class Q qualification also paves the way for an eventual QML Class V qualification while demonstrating the continued reliability of RT PolarFire FPGAs in space applications.

For more information contact Microchip Technology online at www.microchip.com.

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