Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) Space Grade FPGAs were deployed in the launch of the Iridium NEXT satellites, the company said.
Space Grade Virtex-5QV devices provide scalability and flexibility for new applications and innovations throughout its operational life in space. Iridium NEXT is the company´s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe — the largest commercial satellite constellation in space.
The inaugural launch of the first ten Iridium NEXT Satellites occurred on Jan. 14, 2017.
As an integral component to the Iridium NEXT satellites, Xilinx maintains a strong heritage in the Space products industry with its Space Grade Virtex-5QV devices. The Iridium NEXT satellite has several Space Grade Virtex-5QV devices included on the On Board Processor (OBP) hardware delivered by SEAKR Engineering. The OBP delivers a processing capability of ~1 TFLOP and is an integral element in the Iridium NEXT Reconfigurable Fault-Tolerant Communication Processor. The OBP represents the highest performance reconfigurable processor in space to-date.
Xilinx provides FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs. The company enables applications that are both software defined and hardware optimized — powering industry advancements in Cloud Computing, Embedded Vision, Industrial IoT, and 5G.