A blog about space computing.

  • GR740-MINI Unboxed: A Compact Gateway to Advanced Space Computing

    GR740-MINI Unboxed: A Compact Gateway to Advanced Space Computing

    In this blog post we introduce the GR740-MINI board, a compact evaluation platform for the GR740 rad-hard microprocessor and the CertusPro-NX-RT FPGA. The GR740-MINI packs a lot of computing power into a very small form factor (7×9.5 cm). Furthermore, its FMC+ connector allows to extend the GR740-MINI board with expansions boards connected to the GR740…

  • How to Design a RISC-V Space Microprocessor

    How to Design a RISC-V Space Microprocessor

    In the world of advanced technology and exploration, some missions take us where ordinary microprocessors cannot dare to go. Whether exploring the depths of space or operating in avionics, the presence of intense radiation poses a grave threat to electronic components. To overcome this challenge, engineers have devised a solution: radiation-hardening. Radiation-hardened – or rad-hard…

  • NOEL-V Processor’s Security Extensions for Safe and Secure Computing

    NOEL-V Processor’s Security Extensions for Safe and Secure Computing

    Safety and security are increasingly important aspects when designing computer systems, and work is carried out within RISC-V International technical groups to establish specifications that address safe and secure computing. In this blog post, we will touch on the Control Flow Integrity specification currently undergoing standardization, as well as the Smpemp and Smstateen extensions, ratified in November 2021. The NOEL-V RISC-V processor,…

  • NOEL-V: A RISC-V Processor for High-Performance Space Applications

    NOEL-V: A RISC-V Processor for High-Performance Space Applications

    Space applications pose significant challenges for electronic systems as they must contend with a myriad of environmental factors once they are launched. These factors include extreme temperatures, radiation, shock, and vibration — all of which electronic systems must withstand to meet rigorous reliability standards. To tackle these challenges, advanced processors specifically designed for space applications…