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Science Data Processing Branch - Code 587

SpaceCubeTM

SpaceCubeTM is a cross-cutting, in-flight reconfigurable Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based on-board hybrid science data processing system developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The goal of the SpaceCubeTM program is to provide 10x to 100x improvements in on-board computing power while lowering relative power consumption and cost. The SpaceCubeTM design strategy incorporates commercial radiation-tolerant Xilinx Virtex FPGA technology and couples it with an integrated upset detection and correction architecture to provide reliable “order of magnitude” improvements in computing power over traditional fully radiation-hardened flight systems.

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