A new generation of SpaceFibre test and development equipment: SpaceFibre, short paper

Alberto Gonzalez-Villafranca, Stephen Parkes, Christopher McClements, Bruce Yu, Pete Scott, Albert Ferrer Florit

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SpaceFibre is a new technology for use onboard spacecraft that provides point-to-point and networked interconnections at Gigabit rates with in-built Quality of Service and Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery. The SpaceFibre standard is virtually finished, with the ECSS standardisation activity to be ended this year. There is a need for equipment to support the development and testing of applications of the entire protocol stack. This paper describes the new generation of SpaceFibre equipment designed for this purpose. They provide users with several options for platforms and connectors, such as FMC, USB 3.0, cPCI, PXI, PXIe and SpaceVPX. The number of platforms supported and the flexibility of the equipment provides the end user with a broad range of options to include SpaceFibre in their current system design. This helps to promote the adoption of SpaceFibre technology. A number of designs using the equipment here described is currently available or under development. They include the SUNRISE SpaceFibre Router and the Multilane SpaceFibre interface, among others. When combined, these new boards and designs offer a powerful and rich set of tools to help with SpaceFibre designs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 International SpaceWire Conference (SpaceWire)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International SpaceWire Conference
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780955719684
ISBN (Print)9781509008780
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2016
EventInternational SpaceWire Conference 2016 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 25 Oct 201727 Oct 2017


ConferenceInternational SpaceWire Conference 2016
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  • SpaceFibre
  • RTG4
  • USB
  • ePCI
  • PXI
  • PXIe
  • SpaceVPX
  • EGSE
  • FMC


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