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14 July 2014

e2v introduces the highest performance space grade microprocessor ever produced

e2v, the leading high reliability semiconductor provider, has today announced the introduction of the highest performance space grade microprocessor ever; its space qualified PC7448 is the first QML Y certified GHz-class microprocessor.

PC7448 is a radiation tolerant microprocessor based on a Power Architecture e600 core which runs up to 1267MHz. It embeds an AltiVec SIMD engine, which allows the processor to deliver close to 10Gflop performance at full speed. e2v’s space qualified version of this device targets computer intensive payload applications such as image processing on-board Earth observation and weather monitoring satellites, and data processing on Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR) and telecommunication satellites.

With space applications demanding ever higher processing performance, at the highest available quality grade, e2v is manufacturing PC7448 in accordance with the new MIL-PRF-38535 Class Y (QML Y) standard, guaranteeing best in class reliability.

PC7448 also features a Dynamic Frequency Switching (DFS) mode, which delivers a reduction in power consumption when using the processor at lower frequencies (down to 300 MHz). This makes it ideal for various command and control applications, for example launch vehicle booster controllers, which require mid-range processing capabilities.

Engineering and Qualification Models (EQM) and space Flight Models (FM) are now available to order from e2v’s space qualified PC7448 manufacturing facility. Engineering and Qualification Models are available now, with Flight Model deliveries expected in the first half of 2015.

e2v is exhibiting at the 2014 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) all this week in Paris, France. Please come and see us on booth 42 to discuss our latest products and innovations.

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About e2v: e2v is a leading global provider of specialist technology for high performance systems and equipment; delivering solutions, sub-systems and components for applications within medical & science, aerospace & defence, and commercial & industrial markets.e2v employs approximately 1600 people, has design and operational facilities across Europe, North America and Asia, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. e2v has annual sales of GBP220m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
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