Frontgrade Introduces Plastic-Encapsulated Arm Microcontroller for New Space Missions

Frontgrade Introduces Plastic-Encapsulated Arm Microcontroller for New Space Missions

Frontgrade Technologies, a provider of mission-critical electronics for aerospace and defense, has introduced its first plastic-encapsulated Arm Microcontroller to the Space market. This new Arm Microcontroller will achieve flight grade production in July 2024 through NASA’s PEM INST-001 Level 2 qualification standard for plastic-encapsulated microcircuits. The PEM qualification assures Frontgrade’s customers that the device meets the radiation tolerance requirements and reliability standards vital to withstand the harsh environments encountered during New Space Missions.

“The proliferation of satellites for LEO missions is increasing the demand for highly reliable components with efficient SWaP-C characteristics and radiation assurances,” said Dr. J. Mitch Stevison, President and CEO of Frontgrade Technologies. “Adding another plastic device to our portfolio that is qualified to NASA’s Space PEM Level 2 strengthens our position as a trusted provider of high reliability, radiation-assured devices for critical space missions.”

Frontgrade’s plastic Arm Microcontroller has a small footprint designed with ease of implementation in mind. It effectively functions in an ecosystem built around more costly discrete components for intra-satellite communications. The device uses the Arm Cortex M0+ 32-bit processor with a RISC-based architecture, and its industry-standard Arm technology provides powerful development and debug tools for customers’ specific applications.

The new microcontroller is the only product on the market today that combines two independent CAN2.0B controllers with mission read/write flash memory and system-on-ship functionality. This integration enables designers to effectively manage board utilization and to reduce cost and complexity. The device’s rugged plastic ball grid array (BGA) package also has the same input/output configuration and features as Frontgrade’s ceramic QML Arm Microcontroller.

Click here to learn more about Frontgrade's plastic-encapsulated Arm Microcontroller.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013