Chelmsford, UK - The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned e2v, a specialist in designing and manufacturing electronic components for the space industry, to develop an analog to digital converter (ADC) for next-generation broadband satellite payloads. The value of the contract isn't being disclosed.
The ESA contract covers the development of a high performance, low power, 10 bits 1.5 Gs/s ADC that meets the future needs of the aerospace industry. It will need to offer superior linearity, flat spectral response, wide analogue input bandwidth and a demultiplexed output: all within a total power budget of around 1 Watt. e2v will own the rights to this design.
e2v's access to European high speed bipolar SiGe technology is crucial to being able to achieve the performance gains and low power consumption expected. The radiation-hardened ADC will also include high, spurious free, dynamic range and what is said to be a technology leading gain flatness over the useful bandwidth.
The state-of the-art ADC will be used in forthcoming satellite payloads where digital processing optimises the use of expensive and scarce frequency spectrum. This will result in increased satellite functionality - notably offering high-speed multimedia internet, cellular telephone and HDTV services.
Commenting on the contract win, Thierry Gouvernel, e2v's Business Unit General Manager said: "ESA's award of this strategic development contract is a great recognition of our successful track record in complex and leading edge projects." Adding: "This win underscores 15 years of work supporting the aerospace marketplace, and other demanding industries, with state-of-the-art data converters."
e2v has worked with ESA before, developing CCD sensors for its Gaia programme.