STAR-Dundee has developed a range of SpaceFibre IP cores which have already been designed in to radiation-hardened FPGAs and ASICs. These IP cores provide all the building blocks necessary for creating the next generation of onboard networks. The available IP cores are:

  • SpaceFibre Interface – Single-Lane, with speeds ranging from 1 Gbit/s to 6.25 Gbit/s
  • SpaceFibre Interface – Multi-Lane, supporting any number of lanes between 2 and 8 (aggregate data rates of up to 50 Gbit/s)

Furthermore, additional SpaceFibre IP cores are currently in the final stages of development. They have already been demonstrated in FPGAs but have not yet been released as products.  These include:

  • SpaceFibre Router (includes the possibility of configuring some ports as SpaceWire)
  • SpaceWire to SpaceFibre Bridge

For further information on any of these IP cores please contact STAR-Dundee.

The IP Cores are delivered with reference designs targeting different FPGA technologies. These designs provide a path for fast adoption in the selected FPGA technology, making it easy to become familiar with the use of the IP in a specific FPGA. This in turn helps to reduce the time and effort required to implement SpaceFibre in the final design.

STAR-Dundee SpaceFibre IP cores are supported in the following radiation-hardened/tolerant FPGA families:

  • Microchip RTG4
  • Microchip RT PolarFire
  • Xilinx Virtex-5QV
  • Xilinx Kintex UltraScale

Furthermore, support is also included for relevant commercial FPGAs including (but not limited to):

  • Microchip SmartFusion2
  • Xilinx Virtex-5
  • Xilinx Spartan-6
  • Xilinx Artix-7, Kintex-7 & Virtex-7
  • Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+

Work is ongoing to support the new radiation-hardened NanoXplore BRAVE family of FPGAs and commercial Altera devices. If you require support for a technology not listed here or have any questions regarding the use of SpaceFibre IP cores with these technologies, please contact STAR-Dundee.