Radiation Tolerant Optical Transceivers for SpaceFibre Data Links

Mikko Karppinen, Antti Tanskanen, Jyrki Ollila, Demetrio Lopez Molina, Juan Barbero, Cesar Boatella Polo, Richard Jansen, Iain McKenzie

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Fiber-optic data links enable high-speed
communications onboard satellites and spacecrafts. VTT has
developed ruggedized optical transceivers for multi-gigabit
interconnections in harsh environments, including also multi-lane
links. The transceiver developed for the SpaceFibre optical
physical layer supports full-duplex communication up to
6.25 Gb/s so far and is upgraded to 10 Gb/s. The hermetic
packaging approach results in a compact and robust transceiver.
It has passed stringent mechanical and thermal tests, as well as
gamma radiation tests. Recently also heavy-ion and proton
single-event-effect radiation tests were performed demonstrating
that the transceiver is latch-up free and not sensitive to single
event functional interrupts or destructive effects. Moreover, the
effect of single bit-errors or error strings induced by energetic
particles is estimated negligible in the in-orbit applications and
with the normal encoding and error-correction schemes
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceWire 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8 th International SpaceWire Conference California, 2018
EditorsSteve Parkes, Carole Carrie
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9954530-1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event8th International SpaceWire Conference - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 14 May 201818 May 2018
Conference number: 8


Conference8th International SpaceWire Conference
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

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