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Towards a Generic and Adaptive System-On-Chip Controller for Space Exploration InstrumentationThis paper introduces one of the first efforts conducted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop a generic System-on-Chip (SoC) platform to control science instruments that are proposed for future NASA missions. The SoC platform is named APEX-SoC, where APEX stands for Advanced Processor for space Exploration, and is based on a hybrid Xilinx Zynq that combines an FPGA and an ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor on a single chip. The Zynq implements a generic and customizable on-chip infrastructure that can be reused with a variety of instruments, and it has been coupled with a set of off-chip components that are necessary to deal with the different instruments. We have taken JPL’s Compositional InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer (CIRIS), which is proposed for NASA icy moons missions, as a use-case scenario to demonstrate that the entire data processing, control and interface of an instrument can be implemented on a single device using the on-chip infrastructure described in this paper. We show that the performance results achieved in this preliminary version of the instrumentation controller are sufficient to fulfill the science requirements demanded to the CIRIS instrument in future NASA missions, such as Europa.
Document ID
20170007024
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Iturbe, Xabier (Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment Fort Halstead, United Kingdom)
Keymeulen, Didier (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Yiu, Patrick (California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Berisford, Dan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hand, Kevin (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Carlson, Robert (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Ozer, Emre (Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment Fort Halstead, United Kingdom)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2017
Publication Date
June 15, 2015
Subject Category
Spacecraft Instrumentation and Astrionics
Meeting Information
NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS-2015)(Montreal, Quebec)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
embedded system
data processing
FPGA
ARM
spectrometer