EuFRATE: European FPGA Radiation-hardened Architecture for Telecommunications

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The EuFRATE project aims to research, develop and test radiation-hardening methods for telecommunication payloads deployed for Geostationary-Earth Orbit (GEO) using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). This project is conducted by Argotec Group (Italy) with the collaboration of two partners: Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and Technische Universit¨at Dresden (Germany). The idea of the project focuses on high-performance telecommunication algorithms and the design and implementation strategies for connecting an FPGA device into a robust and efficient cluster of multi-FPGA systems. The radiation-hardening techniques currently under development are addressing both device and cluster levels, with redundant datapaths on multiple devices, comparing the results and isolating fatal errors. This paper introduces the current state of the project’s hardware design description, the composition of the FPGA cluster node, the proposed cluster topology, and the radiation hardening techniques. Intermediate stage experimental results of the FPGA communication layer performance and fault detection techniques are presented. Finally, a wide summary of the project’s impact on the scientific community is provided.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition
Publication statusPublished - 2023


Title2023 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition
Abbreviated titleDATE 2023
Duration17 - 19 April 2023
Degree of recognitionInternational event
LocationFlanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp

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ORCID /0000-0003-2571-8441/work/142240549
ORCID /0000-0002-6311-3251/work/142248744