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The FMC-SpaceWire/SpaceFibre board is an FPGA Mezzanine Card which is designed to extend the capabilities of an FPGA development board by adding support for SpaceWire and SpaceFibre interfaces. The board has four SpaceWire ports with accompanying status LEDs, and two SpaceFibre ports.

The FMC board can be configured to work with a number of FPGA development kits including:

FMC SpaceWire/SpaceFibre Board

Available end of Q2, 2016

The SpaceWire PXI card is a versatile SpaceWire Interface, Router or RMAP target device. The card is designed to be an efficient host interface to a SpaceWire system or network, by utilising a cPCI or PXI backplane.

SpaceWire PXI Interface (RMAP option available)

The SpaceWire Brick Mk3 is a USB 3.0 (also works with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1) to SpaceWire interface device that is suitable for use in all stages of SpaceWire equipment development: initial SpaceWire evaluation, instrument simulation, control system simulation, unit testing, integration support, and EGSE.

SpaceWire Brick Mk3 front

The SpaceWire Physical Layer Tester (SPLT) is a tool designed to test, validate and verify a SpaceWire system across all levels of the SpaceWire standard. Two SpaceWire ports employ a special LVDS interface which allows the transmitted signals to be deliberately and measurably manipulated to test the capability of a unit under test to receive signals of varying quality. 

SpaceWire Physical Layer Tester front
FMC SpaceWire/SpaceFibre Board
SpaceWire PXI Interface (RMAP option available)
SpaceWire Brick Mk3 front
SpaceWire Physical Layer Tester front

STAR-Dundee

STAR-Dundee is an aerospace engineering company focused on spacecraft on-board data-handling and processing technology. The company delivers a comprehensive range of test and development equipment, chip designs and IP cores to the world’s space agencies and international aerospace industry. STAR-Dundee is a world leader in SpaceWire and SpaceFibre technology.

SpaceWire

SpaceWire is a spacecraft on-board data-handling network which connects instruments to the mass-memory, data processors and control processors. SpaceWire is simple to implement and has some specific characteristics that help it support data-handling applications in space: high-speed, low-power, simplicity, relatively low implementation cost, and architectural flexibility making it ideal for many space missions. SpaceWire provides high-speed (2 Mbits/s to 200 Mbits/s), bi-directional, full-duplex data-links, which connect together SpaceWire enabled equipment. Data-handling networks can be built to suit particular applications using point-to-point data-links and routing switches. SpaceWire is already in orbit or being designed into more than 100 spacecraft supporting Earth Observation, Science, Exploration, and Telecommunications missions. High-profile spacecraft using SpaceWire include: Gaia, ExoMars, Bepi-Colombo, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, GOES-R, James Webb Space Telescope, and Astro-H. Read more about SpaceWire.

SpaceFibre

SpaceFibre is a multi-Gbits/s, on-board network technology for spaceflight applications, which runs over electrical or fibre-optic cables. It complements the capabilities of the widely used SpaceWire on-board networking standard: improving the data rate by a factor of 10, reducing the cable mass by a factor of two and providing quality of service (QoS) and fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR) capabilities. Multi-laning improves the data-rate further to well over 20 Gbits/s. SpaceFibre is able to fulfil a wide range of spacecraft on-board communications applications because of its inbuilt QoS and FDIR capabilities. Read more about SpaceFibre.