August 8, 2013: Adaptive Hardware by Dynamically Reconfigurable FPGA its Application on a Space Science Instrument

  • Speaker: Björn Fiethe
  • Title: Adaptive Hardware by Dynamically Reconfigurable FPGA its Application on a Space Science Instrument
  • Abstract: A limited telemetry rate combined with a large amount of scientific information retrieved from e.g. camera systems demand that classical ground processing steps like determination of scientific parameters need to be performed already on-board a spacecraft. Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) with large logic density provide a highly flexible platform to implement such sophisticated capabilities. Furthermore, the potential of SRAM-based FPGAs to support dynamic (partial) reconfiguration allows a flexible use of the available hardware platform in a Time-Space Partitioning (TSP) manner. Other advantages like enhanced flexibility of a system or in-flight adaptation to changing mission requirements are presented. Finally, a comparative summary of needed resources clearly outlines the advantages of a dynamically reconfigurable configuration, resulting in mission cost reduction.