Microchip Technology's RT PolarFire FPGA has achieved the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) Class Q designation, making it a trusted and readily accepted choice for space program designs.
The QML certification, provided by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), is considered the gold standard in entry-level qualification for space applications.
The low-power and reprogrammable RT PolarFire FPGAs offer expanded logic density and high performance, resulting in improved signal processing throughput. Unlike SRAM-based FPGA alternatives, these devices are not susceptible to configuration Single-Event Upsets (SEUs) caused by radiation, eliminating the need for mitigation measures and reducing engineering expenses and Bill of Materials (BOM) costs.
Achieving QML Class Q qualification involves rigorous testing according to the MIL-STD-883B standard, which ensures the suitability of microelectronic devices for military and aerospace electronic systems.
The RT PolarFire FPGA successfully demonstrated its ability to withstand the harsh conditions and environmental challenges encountered in defense and space operations.
The QML Class Q qualification confirms the RT PolarFire FPGA's capability to support systems that demand the highest component quality. It also paves the way for eventual QML Class V qualification, further establishing the reliability of RT PolarFire FPGAs in space applications.
Microchip Technology has a long history of powering space flight missions with its comprehensive portfolio of radiation-hardened and RT solutions. Their offerings include high-performance microcontrollers (MCUs), microprocessors (MPUs), FPGAs, memories, communication interfaces, frequency and timing solutions, mixed-signal ICs, custom power supplies, diodes, transistors, RF components, and more.