Microsemi Extends Leadership in Satellite Electronics with New Radiation Tolerant Telemetry Controller IC Providing Key Functions for Sensor Monitoring, Attitude and Payload Control

The LX7730 Space System Manager IC Offers Significant Weight Reduction, Board Space Savings and Increased Reliability

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 31, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the first member of its new radiation tolerant Space System Manager (SSM) family of special purpose mixed signal devices, the LX7730 telemetry controller integrated circuit. The LX7730 integrates the required functions in satellite telemetry systems and interfaces with radiation tolerant FPGAs such as those offered in Microsemi's portfolio of FPGA solutions.

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Microsemi's new radiation tolerant telemetry controller supports parallel or dual SPI interfaces and provides cold sparing. Other key features include a 64 channel multiplexer, break-before-make switching and a precision adjustable current source. The new IC is radiation tolerant to a minimum of 100kRad TID, 50kRad ELDRs, and is single event immune. The LX7730, packaged in a 132 pin ceramic quad flat package, is designed for use in rugged environments and operates over a -55 degrees C to 125 degrees C temperature range.

"Our goal is to leverage over five decades of Microsemi's space heritage and provide our customers with innovative space system solutions solving application specific challenges," said Dorian Johnson, marketing manager, high-reliability ICs at Microsemi. "An ongoing challenge in the satellite market is to reduce weight and board space and to increase reliability. Microsemi's LX7730 offers space system architects and designers the highest level of integration for telemetry applications available today to address their increasing needs and requirements."

"We expect 1,500 new spacecraft of 50Kg mass or larger to be launched within the next 10 years," said Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies for the Virginia-based Teal Group consulting firm. "This represents 25 percent growth in the number of spacecraft in this mass category over the preceding 10 years. These satellites have stringent requirements to reduce weight and real estate that are addressed by Microsemi's SSM solution." 

With one of the industry's most comprehensive portfolios of space products, Microsemi provides radiation tolerant FPGAs, rad-hard mixed-signal ICs, rad-hard DC-to-DC converters, precision time and frequency solutions, linear and POL hybrids, custom hybrid solutions, and rad-hard discretes including the broadest portfolio of JANS Class diodes and bipolar products. Microsemi is committed to supporting its products throughout the lifetime of our customer programs.

For more product information and to obtain the datasheet, please visit www.microsemi.com/product-directory/space-system-managers/3575-telemetry-controller-ic or contact the sales team at Email Contact.

The LX7730 is sampling now, with production in CQ4 2015.

About the Space Systems Manager LX7730

Radiation tolerance:

  • Minimum total ionization dose (TID) tolerance of 100kRad
  • Minimum extended low dose radiation (ELDR) tolerance of 50kRad
  • Single event latch-up (SEL) immunity

Other features:

  • 64 single-ended or 32 differential channel MUX with 12bit ADC
  • 8x8 input simultaneous threshold monitor
  • Voltage and de-multiplexer current references
  • 8 x bi-level logic
  • 10 bit digital to analog converter (DAC)
  • Support for parallel or dual SPI interfaces

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,400 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to first member of its new Space System Manager family, the LX7730 radiation tolerant telemetry controller integrated circuit (IC), and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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