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Author(s): Manuel G. Gericota
Luís F. Lemos
Gustavo R. Alves
José M. Ferreira
Title: A Framework for implementing radiation-tolerant circuits on reconfigurable FPGAs
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: The outstanding versatility of SRAM-based FPGAs make them the preferred choice for implementing complex customizable circuits. To increase the amount of logic available, manufacturers are using nanometric technologies to boost logic density and reduce prices. However, the use of nanometric scales also makes FPGAs particularly vulnerable to radiation-induced faults, especially because of the increasing amount of configuration memory cells that are necessary to define their functionality. This paper describes a framework for implementing circuits immune to radiation-induced faults, based on a customized Triple Modular Redundancy (TMR) infrastructure and on a detection-and-fix controller. This controller is responsible for the detection of data incoherencies, location of the faulty module and restoration of the original configuration, without affecting the normal operation of the mission logic. A short survey of the most recent data published concerning the impact of radiation-induced faults in FPGAs is presented to support the assumptions underlying our proposed framework. A detailed explanation of the controller functionality is also provided, followed by an experimental case study.
Subject: Engenharia electrotécnica, electrónica e informática
Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia electrotécnica, electrónica e informática
Engineering and technology::Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering
Source: Proceedings of the 21st Conference on Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems (DCIS 06)
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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