AUSTIN, Texas, 1 Sept. 2016. Engineers at VORAGO Technologies, a provider of radiation-hardened and extreme temperature embedded systems technology, are testing the company’s VA10800 microcontrollers manufactured with an advanced plastic package composition developed for operation at 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit).
The products under test have been in a temperature-controlled oven at 200˚C for more than 4,000 hours, during which time the CPU has performed more than 7200 trillion sequential error-free operations and exhibited a consistent low level of current consumption within the specification.
The ongoing testing is intended to supplement the traditional qualification tests by demonstrating the product’s ability to operate at extreme temperature for a prolonged period of time, officials explain. High-temperature operation is enabled by the use of VORAGO’s HARDSIL technology.
Bulk CMOS devices enhanced by HARDSIL use standard manufacturing equipment with no negative impact on performance or yields. This approach is a cost-effective alternative to current high-reliability techniques that use up-screened commercial products, redundant systems, or exotic packaging, officials say.
“We believe in stretching the limits beyond conventional testing to ensure that our chips work reliably in extreme conditions,” says Bernd Lienhard, chief executive officer of VORAGO Technologies. “Our customers appreciate that VORAGO goes beyond industry expectations in testing VA10800 microcontrollers.”
The VA10800 extreme temperature ARM Cortex-M microcontroller is available now. In addition to the
new high-temperature plastic package, ceramic package and die options are also available.
VORAGO Technologies is a privately held, fabless semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas, with patented and proven solutions for extreme temperature and radiation environments. VORAGO’s patented HARDSIL technology can be integrated into standard silicon manufacturing processes and uses standard CMOS fabrication equipment. VORAGO Technologies opens up a new world of possibilities for your designs, no matter how hostile the environment.
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