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Radiation-tolerant 3,3-V transceiver

According to Intersil, the ISL7202xSEH family of CAN high-speed transceivers enable satellite weight and mass reduction of up to 18 percent. They are QML-V qualified.

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THE THREE MEMBERS OF THE ISL7202xSEH CAN transceiver family support transmission rates up to 1 Mbit/s. Up to 120 of Intersil's ISL7202xSEH transceivers can be connected to a single CAN network. According to the provider, the weight and mass reduction of up to 18 percent allows system engineers to add millions of dollars in satellite functionality, and eliminate the extra cabling and tradeoffs associated with current point-to-point interface solutions.

The ISL72026SEH, ISL72027SEH, and ISL72028SEH transceivers are powered by 3,3 V. With the emergence of all-electric propulsion satellites that maximize payload but take longer to reach final orbit, customers require higher total dose testing for mission assurance. The launched CAN transceivers are low dose rate tested up to 75 krad on a wafer-by-wafer basis, and apply single event transient (SET) mitigation techniques to reduce system level bit error rates, providing predictable performance. They are also "cold spare" redundant capable, allowing the connection of additional unpowered transceivers to the CAN network. This mission-critical capability maximizes system life.

The ISL7202xSEH family offers a number of additional features: The ISL72026SEH includes a loopback test capability that allows node diagnostics and reporting while the system is transmitting data. It also includes a listen-mode feature that powers down the driver circuitry while keeping the receiver active to listen for data on the bus, and then activates the driver after data is received. The ISL72027SEH also offers split-termination output using the Vref pin to provide a VCC/2 output reference. This improves network electromagnetic compatibility and stabilizes the bus voltage, preventing it from drifting to a high common-mode voltage during inactive periods. The ISL72028SEH includes a low-power shutdown mode that switches off the driver and receiver to draw 50 A for power conservation.

"Implementing the CAN protocol within a spacecraft will be a major improvement over previously used interface protocols," said Gianluca Furano, on-board computer engineer at the European Space Agency (ESA). "Once we adapt a total CAN bus protocol, we expect satellites will achieve sensible mass and power reductions and manufacturers will have the ability to add several millions of dollars of functional capability."

"Our space flight customers are anxious to replace their point-to-point data transmission solutions with space-qualified, radiation tolerant CAN transceivers," said Philip Chesley from Intersil. "The ISL7202xSEH devices provide superior performance and meet the mission assurance needs of their satellite payload systems."

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