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Space-based computing 12 nm IC design provides major leap forward

The Department of Defense (DoD) chose BAE Systems to qualify a new generation of integrated circuit technology for use in space. The new 12-nanometer technology uses a smaller feature size compared with current 45-nanometer technology, enabling more transistors per chip and reduced power consumption per operation.

Space missions require high-performance but low-power integrated circuits with special design features to mitigate radiation. The 12 nanometer, radiation-hardened, or RH12™ technology, will be tested to Qualified Manufacturer’s Listing (QML) Class V and Q standards, key industry certifications for reliable parts. BAE Systems will offer RH12 integrated circuit development and production services to the industry with a flexible engagement model.

Original Release: Business Wire 

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