Teledyne e2v is pleased to announce the delivery of qualified flight models (FMs) of its advanced, space qualified, quad core Cortex-A72 edge processing platform – the LS1046-space. Targeting compute intensive space applications, including high-throughput satellites, data compression, as well as artificial intelligence and imaging, this processor outperforms existing alternatives by a factor of 30x. This timely addition to Teledyne e2v’s portfolio is ready to support a myriad of space applications.
Benefits of the LS1046-Space for space applications
The LS1046-Space processor blends minimal power consumption and extreme data processing, extending edge compute performance to the smallest form factors. It especially suits deployment in power constrained Cubesat and Microsatellite platforms requiring an advanced data path design and access to multiple integrated peripherals.
Thomas Guillemain, Marketing & Business Development Manager for digital products stated:
‘By using the LS1046-Space, our customers gain immediate access to the highest performance space-grade, edge computing platform available. With its advanced processing capabilities, powerful feature set, and ease of use and implementation in Space systems – it is an important enabler for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI and ML). It especially suits future, low earth orbit (LEO)  operations.’
Clocked at up to 1.8 GHz, Teledyne e2v’s 64-bit LS1046-Space processor delivers 30k DMIPs. Moreover, a fast, 2.1 GT/s, 64-bit DDR4 SDRAM memory controller with embedded 8-bit error corrected code (ECC) is provided, plus a 2MB L2 cache shared across the four ARM cores. L1 and L2 caches also benefit from ECC-protection, providing a high degree of in-flight immunity to data corruption.
This high-reliability processor is further enhanced with a wide range of embedded interfaces – including 10 Gbit Ethernet, three PCI-Express (PCIe) v.3.0 lanes, SPI, I2C, and multiple UARTs. The device is supplied in a compact 23 x 23 mm, 780-ball BGA package.
Ticking all the boxes for a modern space compute platform
Qualified for operation in the most demanding space environments, the LS1046-Space features a wide operating temperature range from -55 to 125 ⁰C. It also achieves 100 krad total ionizing dose tolerance. Furthermore, immunity to single event latch-up (SEL) and upsets (SEU) is being validated in qualification. The product is qualified up to NASA level 1.
 A LEO orbit occurs at an altitude of between 160 to 2000 km above the Earth’s surface.