High reliability cSoCs are fully screened to meet stringent military operating temperatures

April 11, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Microsemi Corporation's SmartFusion customizable system-on-chip devices are now fully screened to meet stringent military operating temperatures ranging from -55 to 125 degrees C. The devices feature an integrated ARM Cortex-M3-based processor fully tested for operation at military temperature ranges.

The cSOC devices are argeting applications where ensuring high-reliability performance is critical. These include avionics systems and missiles, as well as unmanned and weaponry systems which must continuously and reliably operate in harsh ground and atmospheric environments.

SmartFusion cSoCs provide military and avionics systems designers with a reprogrammable, non-volatile logic integration solution. The award-winning devices are based on secure flash technology that provides immunity against damaging radiation-induced configuration upsets, while eliminating the need for additional code storage. The easily reprogrammable cSoCs also enable quick prototyping and design validation capabilities, which streamline product development efforts.

The devices, which are fully tested ARM Cortex-M3 solution across the complete military temperature range, are one hundred percent tested across the entire -55 to 125 degrees C temperature range, ensuring performance specifications are met and eliminating the need to up-screen commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) devices.

Live at power up (LAPU) the devices deliver immediate processing to support short initiation systems without the need for additional power circuitry.
The cSOCs are offered in 500K and 60K equivalent gates and support up to 204 input/outputs (IOs) and enables system and power management capabilities where multiple power rails exist.  The devices allow designers to combine analog and digital components, saving board space.

Availability and Packaging

Military temperature samples and software will be available in May 2012 for prototyping purposes. Fully qualified parts will be available June 2012. Qualified parts will include the SmartFusion A2F500 FG/G: 484 and 256 packages as well as the A2F060 FG/G 256 package.

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