Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector selects Nallatech for multiple FPGA-based satellite platform

BALTIMORE, Md., and LOS ANGELES, Calif., 20 October 2006. Nallatech, maker of high-performance FPGA computing solutions, has completed a project with Northrop Grumman Corporation's Space Technology sector. The two companies collaborated on a test platform for space borne processing, which takes advantage of Nallatech products and services.

Oct 20th, 2006

BALTIMORE, Md., and LOS ANGELES, Calif., 20 October 2006. Nallatech, maker of high-performance FPGA computing solutions, has completed a project with Northrop Grumman Corporation's Space Technology sector. The two companies collaborated on a test platform for space borne processing, which takes advantage of Nallatech products and services.

Northrop Grumman Space Technology creates sophisticated products that contribute to the nation's security and leadership in science and technology. Work on the FPGA system development for Northrop Grumman aligns with Nallatech's focus on the U.S. defense and aerospace markets.

As part of the $2.1 million contract, performed over a one-year period, Nallatech's engineers and technical specialists supported Northrop Grumman Space Technology systems engineers in creating an FPGA platform that provided the ideal test-bed for its satellite applications.

The system was built around multiple cPCI cards and chassis, with a custom I/O card providing 16Gbps of bandwidth between units.

The application uses Nallatech's BenERA, BenDATA-II, BenDATA-WS, BenBLUE-II and BenPRO hardware products to provide specific amounts of processing through Xilinx FPGAs, as well as extensive memory capability.

The architecture was designed to make the FPGA the main processing engine.

"Our collaboration with Northrop Grumman is another example of the ever-increasing demand for high-performance FPGA computing solutions in the U.S. defense market," says Ed Hennessy, V.P. North American Operations, Nallatech. "It also demonstrates that the rapid development and iteration benefits of FPGA technologies are delivering significant advantage to the U.S. military and aerospace sectors."

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