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Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 599.30K | Year: 2011

While VPX shows promise as an open standard COTS computing and memory platform, there are several challenges that must be overcome to migrate the technology for a space application. For the Phase I SBIR, SEAKR investigated the 3u VPX architecture for the space environment for advanced memory and processing systems. The SBIR investigation focused on researching innovative switch fabric architectures, identifying and qualifying the building blocks for a space qualified VPX system, and addressed some of the challenges associated with VPX flash memory modules. The areas of innovation that have been addressed are outlined below:?Research and evaluate the basic building blocks required for a high speed switch VPX architecture?Explore advanced EDAC and innovative wear leveling techniques for commercially upscreened flash memory for space applications?Evaluate different techniques for very high speed flash memory access ratesThe Phase II SBIR will build on the Phase I study to produce a deliverable engineering model of a 3U VPX flash memory module.

SEAKR Engineering, Inc. | Date: 2012-05-01

Methods, systems, and devices for distributed computing are provided. Clusters of nodes are provided, each node have a communication link to a primary I/O switch as well as to two other nodes, thereby providing redundant alternative communication paths between different components of the system. Primary and redundant I/O switching modules may provide further redundancy for high availability and high reliability applications, such as applications that may be subjected to the environment as would be found in space, including radiation effects. Nodes in a cluster may provide data storage, processing, and/or input/output functions, as well as one or more alternate communications paths between system components. Multiple clusters of nodes may be coupled together to provide enhanced performance and/or reliability.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 710.32K | Year: 2016

The SEAKR team proposes to continue development of the advanced protocol routing system begun in the Phase I effort, to reduce risk toward a flight deployable system for SATCOM assets such as Iridium NEXT. SEAKRs development of the Iridium NEXT modem...

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.98K | Year: 2010

Today, memory and payload processing systems for space applications are typically designed for a specific application for a specific mission. Many of these systems do not employ a commercial standard which adversely affects the development costs, risks, and schedule while minimizing effective reuse of capabilities. Traditional commercial standards such as PCI are limited in bandwidth and reliability and do not meet the needs of advanced space payloads. New standards, like VPX, do show promise. VPX supports module to module datarates of 10 Gbps. VPX supports multiple switch architecture, so redundancy is supported. With newer large capacity memory components, a high capacity modular architecture is achievable which opens the door for adoption of a commercial standard for space payload and memory systems.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.68K | Year: 2010

SEAKR Engineering’s Application Independent Processor (AIP) standard product integrates FPGAs, GPPs and malleable interface support into a flexible onboard processor designed to support many spacecraft applications. The AIP architecture reduces risk, costs, and schedule for satellite missions by providing a reconfigurable space-based platform and variations of the system are slated to be deployed in a variety of missions including communications waveform processing, real-time image processing in the ARTEMIS sensor on TacSat-3, and is being baselined for the vision processor unit on NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle. This capable system concept is well suited to processor-intensive missions like 3GIRS sensor OBP and the results of the preliminary study undertaken by SEAKR Engineering in Phase I of this SBIR have identified areas for improvement to meet the future goals of the program. The goals of phase II are to work toward upgrading the AIP to meet current and future 3GIRS requirements and thus improve the system’s commercialization success. Ultimately, the technology developed under this program will be integrated into the planned 3GIRS missions as well as other space-based sensor processing missions. BENEFIT: The 3GIRS-OBP will provide a single subsystem for payload processing, on-board memory storage, control, and power management. It is capable of hanlding several Gbit/sec of data and can process in real time.

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