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BAE Systems to advance cutting-edge integrated circuit technology for the space industry

The new 12 nanometer technology provides a dramatic leap forward in space-based computing compared to current 45 nanometer technology
Qualified 12 nanometer design provides a dramatic leap forward in space-based computing

BAE Systems has been selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) to qualify a new generation of integrated circuit technology for use in the harsh environment of space. The new 12 nanometer technology uses a smaller feature size that provides a dramatic leap forward in space-based computing compared to current 45 nanometer technology.

“This selection makes BAE Systems the premier radiation-hardened integrated circuit supplier for space customers,” said Ricardo Gonzalez, director of Space Systems at BAE Systems. “Moving from a 45 nanometer design to a 12 nanometer design enables more transistors to fit on each chip at reduced power consumption per operation, which increases functionality – an important factor in space vehicles, where volume and power are limited resources.”

Space missions require high-performance but low-power integrated circuits with special design features to mitigate the effects of radiation. The 12 nanometer, radiation-hardened, or RH12™ technology, will be tested to Qualified Manufacturer’s Listing (QML) Class V and Q standards, key industry certifications for reliable parts. BAE Systems will offer RH12 integrated circuit development and production services to the industry with a flexible engagement model.

As a world leader in developing, manufacturing, and deploying state-of-the-art, radiation-hardened circuits for use in defense, space, intelligence, research, and commercial missions, BAE Systems is ready to deliver integrated circuit technology for missions in challenging environments. The company’s integrated circuits are produced by its Space Systems group in Manassas, Va., a DoD Category 1A Microelectronics Trusted Source, covering design, aggregation, broker, assembly, packaging, and test services.

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