Low-Earth Orbit

The Low Earth Orbit market is evolving, with an influx of international private and public enterprises leveraging LEO satellites for profit-oriented services. This innovation surge requires robust, capable gear that can weather space conditions yet remain affordable. Xiphos, with over a quarter-century of experience in creating Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) space processors, continues to stand on the cutting edge of this space revolution.

earth and satellite

Low Earth Orbit for LEO missions are expanding and cover a diverse range of applications:

  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Broadband Communications
    • RF sensing, SIGINT, and geoanalytics
    • Intersatellite Links (ISL)
  • Remote sensing
    • Earth Observation (EO)
    • Optical imaging 
    • Real-time video
    • Onboard image and data processing
    • Multispectral/hyperspectral imaging and compression
    • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • Robotics & docking 
  • Quantum key distribution 
  • Convolutional neural networks
  • International Space Station (ISS) infrastructure and experiments

Xiphos continuously evolves to meet the specific demands of a diversifying LEO market. Our innovative processors support a wide range of applications, from communication and Earth observation to scientific research, meeting the unique needs of each specific mission. With Xiphos as a trusted technology partner, private enterprises can confidently scale their operations in LEO, knowing that they are equipped with reliable, robust, high-performance, and cost-effective solutions that can weather the harsh realities of space. Our legacy and continued commitment make Xiphos an integral player in the LEO market's expanding future.

Our compact, power-efficient processors not only stand up to space's rigors but also fit the financial constraints of emerging “New Space” companies. By prioritizing low SWaP-C (Size, Weight, and Power - Cost), we ensure that our clients can maximize their mission's potential without having to compromise on either quality or capability.



Pico-Satellite for Atmospheric and Space Science Observations

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Did you Know...

Q-Cards typically pair with specialized Daughterboards for extensive interfacing options and application-specific functionality. Some of these Daughterboards are available as off-the-shelf standard products. Reach out to the Xiphos team for customization details.

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Space Exploration

Space exploration heralds an era of boundless discovery, pushing the limits of human ingenuity and technological progress. As we journey deeper into the cosmos, Xiphos' state-of-the-art processors are pivotal in navigating this uncharted terrain. With their unparalleled performance and efficiency, they equip missions to gather crucial data, fostering scientific understanding and driving advancements that make the seemingly impossible possible. Xiphos stands as your technological ally in the quest to unlock the mysteries of our universe.


The scope of space exploration: a dynamic landscape of expanding applications 

  • Space science & research
  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Lunar Gateway
  • Lunar rovers, landers, robotics, and science instruments

In the grand theater of space exploration, every mission holds a unique narrative - unveiling new knowledge and discoveries, inspiring innovation, and stimulating human curiosity. Xiphos' advanced processors are the silent heroes in these narratives, ensuring optimal functionality and seamless communication in the harsh expanse of space. Their low SWaP-C and superior performance characteristics make them an integral part of this cosmic odyssey, equipping explorers - including rovers - with the tools necessary to push the boundaries and redefine our understanding of the universe.

Xiphos continues to break ground in space technology, providing processors that enhance mission capabilities while reducing costs and risks. Our processors, known for their high performance and reliability, play a vital role in opening up new possibilities for space exploration, contributing to a future where the cosmos is truly within reach.



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Q-Card series: empowering space exploration missions

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The Q-Card Series plays a pivotal role in several space exploration missions, enhancing data processing and adaptability.

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Launchers hold the key to transporting cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking missions to space. As part of this critical journey, Xiphos' advanced processors power these vehicles, ensuring efficient and reliable operation. Our robust systems handle rigorous pre-launch conditions and intense launch dynamics while maintaining exceptional performance and data management. As we continue to push boundaries in space, Xiphos stands as a trusted partner, fueling the innovation that propels us into the cosmos.

rocket launched

Enabling access to space with powerful, robust, and lightweight space-rated processors and subsystems

  • Flight control computer
  • Kick Stage Onboard Computer (OBC)
  • Launcher communications

The realm of launchers presents an exciting frontier of technological evolution. Xiphos' robust and efficient processors are essential in tackling this dynamic environment. At Xiphos, we are committed to propelling the future of launch technology to new heights of both achievement and reliability.

Our processors are not just about power but also about intelligent and adaptable control systems. They navigate a complex web of variables, from ignition sequences to payload releases. Xiphos’ technology is the silent partner in successful launches, ensuring humanity's ambitions in space continue to lift off smoothly and effectively.



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Q-Card series: empowering space exploration endeavors

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Launchers equipped with Xiphos' Q-Card processors are crucial to satellite deployment, enabling exploration and data collection from beyond Earth's atmosphere.

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What are the main offerings of Xiphos Technologies?

Xiphos Technologies creates superior, high-performance processor boards and modules, leveraging the power of Xilinx FPGAs. Our products are engineered for the most demanding environments, making them ideal for anything from aerospace, defense, to industrial applications.

What sort of advantages does Xiphos Technologies bring to the table?

Quite a lot!

  • Exceptional performance: Our products are built to deliver unparalleled performance in the most challenging applications.
  • Flight-proven resilience: Rigorous testing under the harshest conditions ensures the reliability of our products.
  • Tailored solutions: We offer customization to cater to your specific needs.
  • Comprehensive support: Our wide range of support options will ensure you get the maximum value out of our products.

What are the distinct product categories offered by Xiphos Technologies?

  • Processor Boards: The beating heart of our product line, our Processor Boards come packed with various features and options to cater to diverse applications.
  • Daughterboards: Our Daughterboards are compact and specialized, designed for particular applications such as SDR, imaging, or robotics.
  • Software: We provide a suite of software tools to aid you in developing and deploying various applications on our products.

How can I procure products from Xiphos Technologies?

Xiphos' products can be accessed through multiple channels, including this website, authorized distributors, and direct sales representatives.

Are Xiphos products truly space-ready?

Absolutely. Xiphos has a rich history in creating Processor Boards designed explicitly for space applications using COTS components. Every element, from component selection to logic features, is designed to exceed your mission expectations. We've proven our capabilities in various missions and roles.

Where are Xiphos products typically deployed?

With the burgeoning New Space market, our products have found their place in numerous LEO applications, launchers, and even on the moon. We analyze your specific requirements and recommend the most suitable product to ensure mission success.

What kind of design validation does Xiphos perform on its boards?

Being space mission specialists, we meticulously study, analyze, and test our products at every stage. We perform environmental and radiation qualification on our processor products, ensuring that they can handle demanding space missions. These test results are available under NDA.

What tools are necessary to design my solution on Xiphos boards?

We provide a Linux Software Development Kit (SDK) based on industry-standard toolchains, enabling our customers to implement their designs on our boards rapidly. We also offer a Vivado skeleton project as a starting point, leaving over 90% of the FPGA resources available for your application.

Can Xiphos accommodate specific interface requirements for my mission?

Absolutely! We collaborate closely with our customers to cater to varied interface requirements. We either provide a ready solution or guide your team on how to implement it.

Does Xiphos offer technical support?

Yes, we do: Our technical support aims to assist with product understanding and overcoming initial learning curves. We also provide project-specific support packages, which can be utilized to develop custom software or logic, review your design, or even aid in designing your carrier board.

What are the different altitude ranges for LEO, MEO, GEO, and the Moon's orbit?

- LEO: 180-2000 Km
- MEO: 2000-35780 Km
- GEO: > 35,780 km
- Moon: 384,000 km

What is outgassing, and why is it important in space?

Outgassing refers to the release of gasses trapped within or on the surface of materials in a vacuum. It's important in space to ensure you don’t contaminate the environment, and outgassing can release harmful chemicals or gasses, which could damage other spacecraft equipment or even harm astronauts.

What are the key factors in thermal management for electronics in space?

Thermal management in space is challenging because the components operate in a vacuum, so cannot rely on convection as they would when operating on Earth. Heat must be evacuated from the electronics through conduction. Most of the power consumption comes from the processing FPGA and memory banks.

What is the most challenging aspect of electronics deployed in space?

Radiation is the most challenging and complex aspect of deploying electronics in space.

How does Xiphos quantify radiation exposure?

We quantify radiation exposure through testing of both Total Ionizing Dose (TID), which accumulates over time, and Single-Event Effects (SEE), which is more like a lightning strike. TID is a measure of the total amount of radiation that a device is expected to be exposed to over its mission life, while SEE is a measure of the effects of the individual "hits" of radiation that a device has experienced.

What are single-event upsets and single-event latch-ups in the context of radiation-induced failures on components?

Single-event upsets are bit flips in flip-flops or memory cells. Single-bit errors in memory locations can be fixed by memory scrubbing. Single-event latch-ups cause power consumption to spike, and Xiphos addresses these by quickly powering down to prevent permanent damage. The ProASIC 3 is an FPGA on Xiphos Processor Boards that provides supervisory functions to handle radiation-induced failures.

What is the architecture of the Xiphos COTS-based Processor Board that makes it useable Space?

The board has dual FPGA (processor and supervisor) and ECC for its memory banks. It also provides a suite of other radiation effects mitigation features. We also ensure that the selected components can survive the harsh radiation environment of space.

How does Xiphos handle the memory scrubbing of memory devices?

Xiphos provides memory scrubbing software that can be run in the background of the main application software to clear single-bit errors in memory.

What kind of design validation does Xiphos perform?

Xiphos conducts a radiation qualification test campaign, including board-level proton and TID (gamma ray) testing, as well as an environmental qualification that includes TVAC, vibration, and shock testing.

What documentation does Xiphos provide to customers?

We provide spec sheets, pinout files, user manuals, mechanical drawings, and 3D STEP files, some of which are provided under NDA.

Can you provide details about the different types of Xiphos Processor Boards?

The document lists various Processor Boards with their specifications, like the Q7, Q7AE, Q7RH, Q8, Q8J, Q8RF, and Q8RH.

What are the available Daughterboards for Q7 and Q8 processors?

For Q7, there's the Q7ACS and Q7 Camera Board. For Q8, there's the Q8 Camera Board, Q8 SDR Dock, and Q8 DHMMU.

What peripherals and interfaces are available in the Q7 Zynq 7020 MPSoC FPGA?

The Q7 MPSoC FPGA has multiple ‘hard core” peripherals, including 2x Gigabit Ethernet MAC, 2x USB 2.0, 2x CAN 2.0B, 2x SDIO, 2x SPI, 2x UART, 2x I2C, GPIO. For Q8, there's PCI Express 2.1, SATA 6Gbs rev 3.1, 4x Ethernet MAC rev 2.0, and 2x USB rev 2

What are the main offerings of Xiphos Technologies?

Xiphos Technologies creates superior, high-performance processor boards and modules, leveraging the power of Xilinx FPGAs. Our products are engineered for the most demanding environments, making them ideal for anything from aerospace, defense, to industrial applications.

What peripherals are available in the Q8 and Q8J Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC FPGA?

The Q8 and Q8J MPSoC FPGAs have multiple ‘hard core” peripherals, including 4x Gigabit Ethernet MAC, 2x USB 3.0/2.0, 2x CAN 2.0B, 2x SDIO, 2x SPI, 2x UART, 2x I2C, GPIO, PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 2, and SATA 6Gbs Rev 3.1. The Q8J also provides access to the MPSOC’s 2x PCIe Gen 3 cores in the PL.