Maxwell's New Radiation Hardened Super Computer Demonstrates A Quantum Performance Advantage For Space and Military Applications

10/4/2002 - Maxwell Technologies has introduced a family of radiation-hardened single board computers (SBC) for the space and military markets that guarantee extremely high reliability in radiation-intense environments while delivering 10 to 1,000 times the usable processing power of currently available space-qualified SBCs.

Richard Balanson, Maxwell’s president and chief operating officer, said the new Super Computer for Space (SCS) 750 SBC family was unveiled at the ESCCON 2002 trade show in Toulouse, France last week. It incorporates the latest IBM PowerPC 750FXTM silicon-on-insulator (SOI) processors in a unique triple redundancy configuration, combined with error-corrected and radiation-shielded memory and additional advanced radiation mitigation design methods, to shatter existing performance standards for "rad-hard"-like SBCs using older generation technology.

"This is the latest and most significant in a series of newly introduced products based on our strategy of delivering guaranteed performance, guaranteed radiation tolerance and guaranteed life-of-the-application availability," Balanson said. "The SCS750 demonstrates Maxwell’s ability to integrate the highest performance components, proprietary technology and innovative designs to address the demanding requirements of the space and military markets."

The SCS750 has been engineered to perform complex data processing, digital imaging and broadband transmission functions aboard satellites and military aircraft. According to industry sources, the current market for rad-hard SBCs targeting space and military applications is estimated to be approximately $150 million annually. Balanson noted that, in addition to positioning Maxwell to penetrate this market, the SCS750 provides an opportunity for increased sales of its proprietary Rad-Pak® and X-Ray-PakTM shielded components, which are integrated into the board.

"This new SBC not only dramatically eclipses the processing power of other space-qualified SBCs, but also equals or exceeds the radiation lifetime of the components," Balanson said. "Through a combination of radiation testing and mathematical modeling, we believe that this architecture will provide reliability performance of better than one fault in 300 years."

About Maxwell Technologies
Maxwell Technologies applies industry-leading capabilities in power and microelectronics to develop and commercialize components and systems for customers in multiple industries, including transportation, telecommunications, consumer and industrial electronics, medical and aerospace. In addition to single board computers, the company’s microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and integrated circuits that combine commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components and Maxwell’s proprietary shielding technology to provide optimal performance and reliability in aerospace, military and other applications. Maxwell’s BOOSTCAP® ultracapacitors are high-density energy storage cells that deliver bursts of high power on demand in applications such as automotive electrical systems and power trains, wireless communications and consumer and industrial electronic devices. The company also develops and markets custom power conditioning and power distribution systems and automated accelerated reliability test systems (AARTS) for RF and photonic components.

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