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14th international School on the Effects of Radiation on Embedded Systems for Space Applications (SERESSA), 12-16 November 2018 @ ESTEC

This five-day school SERESSA combines academic, government, and industrial communities working in the area of radiation effects on embedded systems. Radiation effects are a significant concern for space and avionics systems, as well as for critical applications operating at ground level such as automotive, medical or even banking.

During these fice days, lecturers with significant experience in key selected subjects will provide a complete state-of-the-art instruction in this strategic field. The school is based on lectures, exercises, and practical courses involving real case studies using the common tools of the domain.

The topics addressed cover the full spectrum of radiation effects on space-embedded systems: space environment, error mechanisms, testing, hardening by design, rate prediction. The intended audience includes both beginning and experienced researchers, engineers, and post-graduate students wishing to enhance their knowledge base in this rapidly evolving field.

Location: ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Early registration:     10 July 2018
Late registration:           9 November2018

Full programme and registration here.


SEFUW: SpacE FPGA Users Workshop, 4th Edition, 9-11 April 2018 @ ESTEC 

The aim of the workshop is to share experiences and wishes among FPGA designers, FPGA vendors and research teams developing methodologies to address radiation mitigation techniques and reconfigurable systems.

The following topics related to FPGAs for space are covered (not limited to):

  • General design, verification and test issues and good practices
  • Performance achievements and potential problems
  • Power consumption achievements and potential issues
  • Design tools performance, good practices and potential limitations
  • Radiation mitigation techniques, tools and potential limitations (presenting new or ongoing work, avoiding repetitions of what has already been presented at RADECS, NSREC and SEE Symposium)
  • Trends of FPGA usage in space applications
  • Reconfigurable systems
  • Lessons learned: ensuring successful and safe use of FPGA in space applications
  • Choosing the best FPGA type for our space application
  • Export license limitations / changes / ITAR / EAR
  • Package and assembly challenges
  • Companion non-volatile memory (when required) experience


Location: ESA/ESTEC (Newton 1 and 2), Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Abstract submission opening day:     15 December 2017
Abstract submission deadline:           30 March 2018

Abstract submission, full programme and registration here.

7th International Workshop on Analogue and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits for Space Applications (AMICSA), 17-20 June 2018 @ IMEC, Leuven, Belgium 

Organized in collaboration with ESA, IMEC and our Sponsors, AMICSA provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of recent advances in analogue and mixed-signal VLSI design techniques and technologies for space applications.

  • Radiation Effects on analogue and mixed-signal ICs
  • Methodologies for Radiation Hardening on analogue circuits at cell-, circuit-, and system design level
  • Radiation-hardened technologies for analogue ICs
  • Radiation tests of analogue and mixed-signal ICs
  • Qualifying and quantifying radiation-hardness of analogue circuits
  • Space Applications for analogue and mixed-Signal ICs
  • Analogue intellectual property and re-usability of analogue circuits in space
  • Needs and Requirements for analogue and mixed-signal ICs in future space missions
  • In-orbit Experiences and flight heritage of analogue and mixed-signal ICs


Location: IMEC, Leuven, Belgium

Abstract submission opening day:     15 December 2017
Abstract submission deadline:           15 February 2018

Abstract submission, full programme and registration here.

11th ESA Workshop on Avionics, Data, Control and Software Systems (ADCSS) , 17-19 October 2017 @ ESTEC

This year edition of ADCSS includes a one day Session on SPACE PROCESSORS, addressing:

  • programmes and primes views
  • high performances symmetric/asymmetric multicore
  • emerging technology
  • programming multi-core and heterogeneous architecture

Full programme here

New overview of ESA IP Cores catalog (September 2017

the growing number of ESA IP Cores has led us to create a new summary page where IP Cores can be more easily identified, classified in different functional groups and giving visibility to some IPs that ESA expects to make available soon, but are still under development. The names of some of the IP Cores has been modified slightly, for greater clarity.

Space Engineering and Technology Final Presentation Days , 23-24 May 2017 @ ESTEC
including final presentations (on May 24th am) of

  • BRAVE FPGA NG-MEDIUM (NanoXplore - FR)
  • GR740 microprocessor (Cobham Gaisler - SE)

Full programme here

Software Systems Division (TEC-SW) and Data Systems Division (TEC-ED) Final Presentation Days  ,  8-9 May 2017 @ ESTEC
several Data Systems and Software final presentations, including many on Microelectronics developments, such as: 

CCSDS Lossless Image Compression (IUMA-ES) and SpaceWire Node Interface (Teletel-GR) IP Cores, Cosmic Vision Technology Test Vehicle Design and Evaluation Activities (Arquimea-ES), FT-UNSHADES maintenance (U. of Sevilla-ES), SETA Tool update (P. di Torino-IT), KIPSAT 2.1, 2.2 (space ASIC libraries and HSSL in 65nm)(STMicroelectronics-FR), High Performance Data Processor ASIC (ISD-GR), Assessment of the Implementation of the EFL Time-Randomised Cache in the NGMP Architecture (BSC-ES), Design and Implementation of an Inter-Processor Link (RapidIO) for Future OBCs (Cobham Gaisler-SE)
Full programme here

Techniques for radiation effects mitigation in ASICs and FPGAs handbook

  • Date: November-2015
  • Description: Added page for the ECSS Techniques for radiation effects mitigation in ASICs and FPGAs handbook public review

New Events

  • Date: December-2014
  • Description: Added information on DARE User Day (8 December 2014) and SEFUW: SpacE FPGA Users Workshop (16-18 September 2014), more information here.
  • Description: Added information on TEC-ED/SW Presentation Days (9-10 December 2014), more information here

New ESA IP-Cores

  • Date: November-2014
  • Description: Added SPWTDP (SpaceWire Time Distribution Protocol) and AHBR (AMBA AHB to AMBA AHB bus bridge) to the ESA IP-Cores offer


  • Date: 2014
  • Description: The Fifth International Workshop on Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits for Space Applications (AMICSA) will take place at CERN, Switzerland starting on the 29th of June until the 1st of July 2014.

ESA IP-Cores Day

  • Date: 16 September, 2013

New ESA IP-Cores

SoCROCKET Virtual Platform

  • Date: Dec-2012
  • Description: Added the SoCROCKET Virtual Platform and included SystemC models to the IP-Core offer


  • Date: Aug-2012
  • Description: The Fourth International Workshop on Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits for Space Applications (AMICSA) has taken place on 27-28 August 2012, in ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Electronic System-Level Day

  • Date: Sept-2011
  • Description: Added to the website the pages on the Electronic System-Level design day which took place in ESTEC on 19th pf September 2011

Authentication Unit IP-Core

  • Date: August-2011
  • Description: Added to the IP Core offer the Authentication Unit IP-Core

System-Level Modeling

  • Date: Nov-2010
  • Description: Added to the website the pages on Electronic System Level (ESL) modeling methodology and, in this context, describing the activities done at ESA to promote the use of SystemC during early hardware design phases.


  • Date: Sept-2010
  • Description: The Third International Workshop on Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits for Space Applications (AMICSA) was held from 5-7 September 2010, in ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Microelectronics Presenation Days 2010 (MPD2010)

  • Date: April-2010
  • Description: The Fourth Edition of the Microelectronics Presentation Days (MPD) was held at ESTEC from March 30th until April 1st, 2010.

Network-on-Chip Round table 2009 (NoC2009)

  • Date: 02-Sept-2009
  • Description: In collaboration with CNES, ESA is hosting a first round table on NoC technology, to bring together researchers and industry experiences in using NoC technology for various application domains.

Fault Injection and Fault Tolerance in space reprogrammable FPGAs 2009

  • Date: 02-Sept-2009
  • Description: This workshop is a first get together of FPGA designers and groups that have developed and used FPGA FI/FT tools. Tools will be presented, including some demos, to show how they can aid designers to develop and quantify design rad hardness. Feedback on users' needs and recent experiences are also expected.

The ECSS ASIC/FPGA Development Standard

  • Date: 24-November-2008
  • Description: A new version of the ECSS ASIC/FPGA Development Standard was released in July 2008 (ECSS-Q-ST-60-02C). The new standard is available for download.

ReSP MPSoC simulation Platform

  • Date: March-2008
  • Description: Preliminary results of Reflective Simulation Platform tool for MPSoC SW-HW co-design.


  • Date: Feb-2008
  • Description: Announcement of the Second International Workshop on Analog and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuits For Space Applications. (Cascais, Portugal) August 31 - September 2.


  • Date: 05-Nov-2007
  • Description: A preliminary datasheet of the Essential Telemetry Support ASIC (ETM-ASIC) has been added in the "Ongoing ASIC developments" page.

Microelectronics Presentation Days 2007 (MPD2007)

  • Date: 13-Mar-2007
  • Description: The Third Edition of Microelectronics Presentation Days was held at ESTEC on 7th and 8th of March 2007


  • Date: 03-Jan-2007
  • Description: The Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have organised the First International Workshop on Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits for Space Applications (AMICSA). The Workshop was held on 2 and 3 October at DUTH in Xanthi, Greece.

SST V2.0

  • Date: 03-Nov-2006
  • Description: New release 2.0 of the SEUs Simulation Tool (SST) published by University Antonio de Nebrija

Spacewire RTC

  • Date: 27-Jun-2006
  • Description: SpaceWire remote terminal controller FPGA prototype delivered to ESA

NASA FPGA briefing

  • Date: 18-Jan-2006
  • Description: On Wednesday January 18, 2006, a briefing on the Actel RT54SX-S, RTSX-SU, RTAX-S, and Eclipse FPGAs for spaceborne application was held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

AT697 Data Sheet

  • Date: 09-Sep-2005
  • Description: The full Preliminary AT697 Microprocessor Data Sheet is now available publicly on the web site of ATMEL

AT697 Press Release

  • Date: 30-Jun-2005
  • Description: ESA official press release concerning the AT697/LEON Sparc V8 compliant Microprocessor prototypes

IP-Core Workshop 2005

  • Date: 15-Jun-2005
  • Description: The first IP-Core Workshop was held at ESA discussing experiences with and possible improvements to the ESA IP-Core offering.

AT697 Prototypes Delivery

  • Date: 18-Apr-2005
  • Description: First Prototypes of the new fault-tolerant Sparc Microprocessor AT697 have been delivered by Atmel to ESA and Alpha customers

Independent NASA Test of RTSX-SU

  • Date: 26-Jan-2005
  • Description: FPGAs On Wednesday February 16, 2005, a briefing on the Actel RTSX-S and RTSX-SU devices will be given at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. ESA has planned to attend to this meeting.

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