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Adaptable/Reconfigurable Distributed Spacecraft Processing

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
SEAKR Engineering, Inc.
CO Centennial, CO 80111-6427
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Adaptable/Reconfigurable Distributed Spacecraft Processing
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7158
Award Amount: $99,847.00


On-board processing in satellites and spacecraft has been severely limited by the lack of space-qualified, High-Performance Computing (HPC) hardware. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are becoming the device of choice for ground based high-performance computing, with tens of millions of gates and clock rates of hundreds of MHz. Recently, Xilinx has begun to offer space-qualified versions of its FPGAs, making it possible to implement high performance HPC hardware for space. SEAKR Engineering has developed a line of RCC computing boards based on the Xilinx Virtex, Virtex-II and Virtex-II Pro FPGAs. These RCC boards are on the leading edge of space-qualified HPC, providing a processing capability that far exceeds other solutions in performance and flexibility. SEAKR's latest RCC takes the capability for high performance computing a step further by implementing a network-based architecture. This Network (NT) RCC uses the Multi-Gigabit Transceivers of the Xilinx devices, along with a Rapid I/O core, to provide high-speed network connections to each of the FPGA coprocessors, and between boards, creating a flexible and expandable processing architecture. Because of SEAKR's experience in building space-qualified hardware, and our unique line of RCC boards, SEAKR is well positioned to provide the MDA with HPC hardware for space.

Principal Investigator:

Damon Van Buren
Senior Staff Engineer

Business Contact:

Mark Sventek
Senior Contracts Manager
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6221 S. Racine Circle Centennial, CO 80111

EIN/Tax ID: 841318847
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No