Rad-Hard High Performance Semiconductors
Offer Essential Protection
Chips manufactured for use in critical applications where radiation is a risk must be developed using techniques that make them resistant to radiation.
This is referred to as radiation hardening. Spacecrafts, satellites, military aircraft, nuclear weapons, power stations, all operate in environments that are subject to high levels of ionizing radiation. This can lead to dangerous equipment malfunctions and inaccuracies in stored data. A single charge particle can create enough noise and spikes in an integrated digital circuit to displace thousands of electrons.
Radiation is an obvious concern with nuclear systems, but it is also a factor at space altitudes. With the rapid expansion of low earth satellites there is a growing need for radiation hardened (rad-hard) high performance semiconductors. In deployed military applications, radiation is a clear and present danger and rad-hard solutions are a critical element in readiness.
Another mission critical application is large scale data processing and storage, which forms the foundation of much of our infrastructure. In massive data centers the proximity of so much electronics creates its own radiation. As semiconductor lithography continues to shrink, chips become more vulnerable to natural radiation errors. Silent data corruption and radiation soft errors are a multifaceted problem. Data center operators are now requesting rad-hard options for their systems to mitigate risk.
Maestro offers a unique solution for chip designers who need to create energy efficient, high performance, rad-hard SoCs. Its clocking solution creates an all-digital workflow that enables the use of rad-hard libraries. This virtually eliminates the need for recalibration times that are required in analog designs.