BAE Systems Showcases its New Radiation-hardened FPGA for Space Applications

BAE Systems Showcases its New Radiation-hardened FPGA for Space Applications

BAE Systems, a company that provides one of the world's most advanced, technology-led defense, aerospace, and security solutions has introduced a new radiation-hardened field programmable gate array for space applications.

The RH1020B radiation-hardened field programmable gate array is a fully guaranteed device targeted for use in military and space applications. It is fabricated using BAE Systems’ rad-hard 0.8µ epitaxial bulk complementary metal-oxide semiconductor process. The process architecture offers gate array flexibility, high performance, and fast design implementation through user programming.

BAE Systems has achieved full DoD Qualified Manufacturer List (QML) certification, assuring that quality management, procedures, processes, and controls are in place from wafer fabrication through the final test. The RH1280B also belongs to this family of radiation-hardened FPGAs. Customers can also modify FPGA chip designs up to the day before delivery.

The FPGA comes in an 84-lead ceramic quad flatpack and consists of up to two high-speed, low-skew clock networks. It uses a design library with more than 500 macro functions and has a unique in-system diagnostic and verification function.


  • 3,000 system gates
  • 2,000 gate array equivalent gates
  • 6,000 PLD-equivalent gates
  • 50 TTL-equivalent packages
  • 20 20-pin PAL-equivalent packages

Logic modules

  • 547 C-modules

Flip-flops (maximum)

  • 273

Routing resources

  • 22 horizontal tracks/channel
  • 13 vertical tracks/channel
  • 186,000 PLICE antifuse elements

User I/Os (maximum)

  • 69

BAE Systems’ RH1020B with Actel Designer Software

Brings together silicon, synthesis, and simulation to create a complete and integrated design environment for designing BAE Systems’ FPGAs.

  • Integrated development environment including simulation, synthesis, and place-and-route tools for designs of fewer than 50k gates
  • Increased design simulation limit to 400k gates with unlimited synthesis, allowing designers to move up as their skills and density requirements increase
  • Includes simulation up to 400k gates and place-and-route tools. Ideal for ASIC designers who are starting to use FPGAs in their designs, but have already invested in synthesis tools

Click here to learn more about BAE Systems’ RH1020B FPGA.

Click here to learn about FPGAs from various manufacturers listed on SATNow.

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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
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GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
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Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
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Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
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Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
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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