Selecting electronic components and subsystems for space-based platforms continues to be a challenge. Even since the Space Shuttle program ended and the commercial space industry filled its gap, the space electronics industry has been going through a period of transition. Fortunately a variety of vendors of space-qualified products has kept tuned in to the concerns facing space designers. Space-based semiconductors and board-level systems must be capable of withstanding everything from intense radiation due to high-energy atoms, to bombardments from neutrons and other particles. A steady crop of radiation-hardened boards and subsystems continues to emerge as well as ASICs, FPGAs and power components designed for space applications.
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