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Space qualification and performance results of the SIDECAR ASIC
Author(s): Markus Loose; James Beletic; James Garnett; Norair Muradian
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Paper Abstract

The SIDECAR ASIC is a fully integrated FPA controller system-on-a-chip. Compared to conventional control electronics, it requires significantly less power, less space and less weight. The SIDECAR ASIC, which can operate at ambient and cryogenic temperatures, is currently being space-qualified for integration in the science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This paper gives an overview of the SIDECAR architecture and its supporting drive electronics. It describes the JWST flight configuration including the custom packaging approach. Test results obtained as part of the space qualification effort are presented. CDS noise of the ASIC itself amounts to less than 25 μV for full 2K x 2K data frames. The noise reduces to less than 6 μV for up-the-ramp-sampling with 88 frames. Based on the existing qualification results and a number of additional tests in the next few months, NASA Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL6) will be demonstrated by August 2006.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62652J (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672705
Show Author Affiliations
Markus Loose, Rockwell Scientific (United States)
James Beletic, Rockwell Scientific (United States)
James Garnett, Rockwell Scientific (United States)
Norair Muradian, Rockwell Scientific (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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