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%T A Reconfigurable System\-on\-Chip Architecture for Pico\-Satellite Missions
%A Tanya Vladimirova, Xiaofeng Wu
%E Alistair A. McEwan, Steve Schneider, Wilson Ifill, Peter H. Welch
%B Communicating Process Architectures 2007
%X Spacecraft operate in the unique space environment and are
   exposed to various types of radiation. Radiation effects
   can damage the on\-board electronic circuits, particularly
   silicon devices. There is a pressing need for a remote
   upgrading capability which will allow electronic circuits
   on\-board satellites to self\-repair and evolve their
   functionality. One approach to addressing this need is to
   utilize the hardware reconfigurability of Field Programmable
   Gate Arrays. FPGAs nowadays are suitable for implementation
   of complex on\-board system\-on\-chip designs. Leading\-edge
   technology enables innovative solutions, permitting lighter
   picosatellite systems to be designed. This paper presents a
   reconfigurable system\-onchip architecture for
   pico\-satellite on\-board data processing and control. The
   SoC adopts a modular bus\-centric architecture using the
   AMBA bus and consists of soft intellectual property cores.
   In addition the SoC is capable of remote partial
   reconfiguration at run time.

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