SpaceWire RTC (AT7913E) Development Kit

Please note that we have limited stock of the SpaceWire RTC (AT7913E) Development Kit and are unable to manufacture more once current stock is depleted.

STAR-Dundee’s SpaceWire Remote Terminal Controller (RTC) Development System is a comprehensive, easy to use development environment for the Atmel/Microchhip AT7913E radiation tolerant, flight grade, system-on-a-chip, which is based on the LEON2-FT SPARC V8 processor and includes on-chip memory along with a range of input/output interfaces.

The development system hardware consists of an AT7913E SpW-RTC device, plus an FPGA and additional on-board resources. The FPGA provides a number of different connection options between the RTC and a host computer, allowing the downloading and debugging of software, and the simulation of the RTC device interfaces.

The development board is also equipped with ADC and DAC chips which can be used for hardware prototyping. These chips are commercial counterparts of Space Qualified ASICs, so a prototype system based on this on-board ADC or DAC could be easily migrated to a flight qualified design.

Software support for the Development System consists of a complete Software Development Environment based on the widely-used Eclipse IDE and with full GCC toolchain. Through a series of STAR-Dundee customised plugins, a wide range of generic and platform specific debugging features are available including: breakpoints, single-stepping (source and assembler), and inspection of memory and registers.

Click here for more information on the STAR-Dundee Software Development Environment.

For more information on the AT7913E, please see Microchip’s website.

Product Features

  • Facilitates development of hardware and software for spacecraft systems:

    • Robust Hardware unit:
      • Based on the Microchip AT7913E radiation tolerant SpaceWire RTC device (SpW-RTC)
      • FPGA connects SpW-RTC to additional on-board resource
      • … or to external equipment
      • Multiple options for connection to host computer
    • Complete Software Development Environment and comprehensive debugger:
      • Code Rocket software design tool providing pseudocode and flowchart visualisations of algorithms
      • Eclipse IDE
      • GCC tool chain
      • Additional STAR-Dundee plugins for RTC-specific features to aid software development

Technical Specs

  • Part Number


  • Size
    • 220 mm wide, 30 mm high (excluding feet), 115 mm deep (approx.).

  • Power
    • +5V DC, power brick supplied

  • USB 2.0
    • High Speed 480 Mbits/s

  • SpaceWire Ports
    • ECSS-E50-12A and ECSS-E-ST-50-12C compliant

    • 2 x 200 Mbits/s SpaceWire links, with RMAP

  • Trigger input and output ports
    • SMB connectors: +3.3V signal, 5V tolerant

  • CAN Ports
    • 2 x CAN 2.0B Protocol, with DMA

    • Configurable Normal End Node or Stub Node modes

  • UART RS232 Port
    • Configurable DSU-UART mode or processor peripheral UART mode

  • On-Board ADC and DAC
    • Four channel Analogue inputs to ADC – AD774B

    • One channel Analogue output from DAC –AD667

    • 24 channel 8bit/16bit ADC/DAC

  • On-Board Memory
    • 160Mbit SRAM (configurable as 8bit, 32bit or 40bit bus)

    • 160Mbit FLASH (configurable as 8bit, 32bit or 40bit bus)

    • 2Gbit DDR3 memory

  • Expansion Connectors
    • ADC and DAC expansion connector

    • FIFO expansion connector

    • LEON PIO & GPIO (24 bits) expansion connector