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Sensor and actuator ASICs for space missions
Author(s): Douglas Kerns
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Paper Abstract

Advanced photonic devices and systems typically include electronic components for signal transduction, signal processing, and actuation. Mature and stable silicon microfabrication technologies offer a generous menu of options for building application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for reasonable dollar costs. An ASIC device can compress complex electronic functions into a single silicon chip, greatly reducing the size and mass of the electronic portion of the system. We discuss the use of mature-technology silicon ASICs for electronic interface to cutting-edge-technology optical sensors and actuators, including considerations of how the space environment impacts the ASIC design, and noting the interesting fact that consideration of silicon area is nearly irrelevant to the present-day economics of low-volume ASIC fabrication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6713, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments, 67130H (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.736040
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Douglas Kerns, Sigenics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6713:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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