|[February 18, 2014]
Presto Engineering Announces its Participation in the MACSPACE Consortium
CAEN, France --(Business Wire)--
Presto Engineering, Inc., a world leader in semiconductor back-end
turnkey production services, is pleased to announce its participation in
the MACSPACE consortium. The consortium brings together some of the top
European technology companies and universities to research and develop
high-performance computer processors that can meet the specialized
requirements of space flight and manage the massive amount of data
generated during space missions.
"The ability to analyze data in space, make real-time decisions and
obtain better situational awareness will greatly enhance mission
capabilities," said Ran Ginosar, CEO, Ramon Chips, an Israel-based
semiconductor company that is coordinating the consortium.
"Consequently, we need higher-performance computing systems that can
handle the massive amount of data being generated during modern space
missions. The MACSPACE consortium is a major step for Europe toward
developing onboard computing technologies that consume a fraction of the
power used by current technologies."
Presto Engineering, along with Germany-based DSI Informationstechnik,
will work on characterizing and testing the prototype computer system.
According to C�dric Mayor, Vice President Technology and Marketing,
Presto Engineering, Inc., "We are very honored to be part of this very
important initiative. The ambitious, multidisciplinary project involves
the development of a computer system that combines very high performance
with low power consumption, small size and light weight, so that it is
practical for use on space craft. It needs to be robust enough to
withstand the harsh environment of space, where temperatures range from
-55 to 125 degrees Celsius and radiation accelerates aging. And, of
course, it needs to be reliable, since space missions can last many
The collaborative project is funded by the European Commission under the
FP7 SPACE programme (grant no 607212) and is managed by the Research
Executive Agency. It is expected to last approximately three years.
The consortium includes a very complementary team, including: Thles
Alenia Space Italia, the European leader for satellite systems and
orbital infrastructure as an excellent representative of the customer
base for this technology, which will drive requirements and subsequently
test the system; CEVA (News - Alert), a leading IP DSP core provider, which will
develop the computer processor's specialized core; Technische
Universitaet Braunschweig, the oldest institute of technology in
Germany, which will be responsible for benchmarking and evaluating the
work; and Arttic, a European specialist in the set-up and management of
collaborative international research and development projects, which
will assist with the operations of the consortium and the dissemination
of its results.
Details of the research and results will be shared in a symposium and
summer school in 2016. Prior to this, users will be able familiarize
themselves with the onboard system through access to a web-based
demonstration and emulation system.
For more information about Presto Engineering, please visit: www.presto-eng.com.
For more information about MACSPACE, please go to www.macspace.eu.
This text reflects only the author's views and the Union is not
liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
About Ramon Chip, Ltd.
RAMON CHIPS Ltd. is a fabless semiconductor company focused on
developing unique Radiation Hardened VLSI /ASIC solutions for space
applications. Their silicon proven RadSafe™ technology provides extreme
high immunity to all space radiation effects in LEO, GEO and outer space
missions, while maintaining high density, high performance and low
power. The company has expertise in designing digital and analog
radiation-hardened integrated circuits from specifications, in synthesis
of functions and algorithms into robust radiation-tolerant cores and in
converting FPGA designs into radiation-hardened ASICs. Named in memory
of the late Col. Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut who perished in
the Columbia space shuttle re-entry accident in 2003, the company was
founded in 2004 and is based in Israel. For additional information
About Presto Engineering, Inc.
Presto Engineering provides comprehensive semiconductor product
engineering solutions to IDM, fabless and electronics companies,
contributing to improving ramp time, margins and quality of new products.
Presto Engineering is a recognized expert in the development of test
solutions for component characterization and production. This expertise,
combined with state-of-the-art ESD, reliability and failure analysis
capabilities, produces a competitive advantage for our customers in
optimizing end-product performance and accelerating time to market. We
offer turn-key solutions from customer tape-out to delivery of finished
goods to end-customer(s), including assembly, test, qualification,
industrialization, and production sustaining activities.
Presto Engineering is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has
operations in Europe and Israel. Additional information is available on
the company's website at www.presto-eng.com.
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