Electronics Design Challenges of an Aerospace System

Over the past two decades, the aerospace industry has been going through a gradual transformation driven by new technologies. The aerospace and defense industry is at the forefront of development using cutting edge technology to ensure relevancy and ability to secure a country’s safety and survival. An ideal electronic design for the aerospace industry should be reliable, flexible, and able to withstand extreme conditions such as stringent shock, vibration, and wide operating temperature ranges. Finally, the system must be future-proof. Many factors must be taken into consideration when developing a system for this sector, including the characteristics of the device with different technologies, environmental effect, fast design life cycle, and overall cost of the system.

EDA stands for Electronic Design Automation. As electronics become more complicated and pervasive, EDA tools are vital to the continued success of these electronics designs. EDA provides the critical technology to design electronics that enable a fast and reliable design solution. Based on new aerospace design challenges, EDA has completely transformed the way that electrical engineers design, simulate, and manufacture circuits. EDA tools are necessary to reduce cost, save time, and make design cycles fast because EDA automates various design tasks and provides feedback that enables designers to correct design issues before entering the costly manufacturing phase.

This article discusses a typical remote sensing satellite system using the latest EDA technology.  This system contains multi-technology based T/R module, a complex large phased array antenna, multimode tracking system and high-speed interconnects in backplanes to transfer data. EDA technology such as interoperable process design kits (PDKs), multi-technology based System-on-Chip design, electromagnetic simulation technique, powerful GPU computing, and signal integrity analysis are covered with these designs.

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