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A Spacecraft Housekeeping System-on-Chip in a Radiation Hardened Structured ASICHousekeeping systems are essential to health monitoring of spacecraft and instruments. Typically, sensors are distributed across various sub-systems and data is collected using components such as analog-to-digital converters, analog multiplexers and amplifiers. In most cases programmable devices are used to implement the data acquisition control and storage, and the interface to higher level systems. Such discrete implementations require additional size, weight, power and interconnect complexity versus an integrated circuit solution, as well as the qualification of multiple parts. Although commercial devices are readily available, they are not suitable for space applications due the radiation tolerance and qualification requirements. The Housekeeping System-o n-A-Chip (HKSOC) is a low power, radiation hardened integrated solution suitable for spacecraft and instrument control and data collection. A prototype has been designed and includes a wide variety of functions including a 16-channel analog front-end for driving and reading sensors, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, on-chip temperature sensor, power supply current sense circuits, general purpose comparators and amplifiers, a 32-bit processor, digital I/O, pulse-width modulation (PWM) generators, timers and I2C master and slave serial interfaces. In addition, the device can operate in a bypass mode where the processor is disabled and external logic is used to control the analog and mixed signal functions. The device is suitable for stand-alone or distributed systems where multiple chips can be deployed across different sub-systems as intelligent nodes with computing and processing capabilities.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Suarez, George (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
DuMonthier, Jeffrey J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Sheikh, Salman S. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Powell, Wesley A. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
King, Robyn L. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
March 2, 2012
Subject Category
Electronics and Electrical Engineering
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