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Xiphos offers a range of flight-proven miniature processing solutions for harsh environments. Our Q-cards and Daughterboards provide software-logic hybrid computation optimized for size, weight, and efficiency. Our solutions power spacecraft, launchers, landers, rovers, and payloads, meeting the most demanding challenges of hybrid, image, signal, and interface processing.



Upholding the small form, minimal weight, and conservative power usage of its predecessors while boasting solid multiprocessor CPU performance, our Q7 is a hybrid environment of powerful CPUs and reprogrammable logic that will get the job done.

  • Memory: 256MB  LPDDR2 RAM (with ECC), 2x QSPI Flash (NOR), 2x MicroSD
  • All-Programmable System-on-Chip: Xilinx Zynq SoC, including ARM dual-core
  • Cortex-A9 MPCore processors supported by massive programmable logic resources
  • Control FPGA: ProASIC 3.
  • Operating System: Linux
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The Xiphos Q8 is an extremely high-performance Processor Board based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+. It is ideal for demanding space applications that require high processing power, flexibility, and low power consumption.

  • Memory: The Q8 has 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 2 x 256 MB QSPI Flash, and 2 x 128 GB eMMC.
  • All-Programmable System-on-Chip: The Q8 is based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, which includes a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 Application Processing Unit, a dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 Real-Time Processing Unit, and an ARM Mali-400 GPU.
  • Control FPGA: The Q8 also includes a Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, which provides extensive flexibility for custom hardware implementations.
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Real-Time Clock: The Q8 has a high-precision real-time clock (RTC) that ensures accurate timing for critical applications.
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There's always room for improvement, isn't there? Which is why we created the Q8J. Taking the Q8, fine-tuning it, and adding multi-Gigabit per second transceivers for JESD204B and PCIe interfaces, and enabling access to external DDR3 or DDR4 memory.

  • Memory: LPDDR4 RAM (with ECC), 2x QSPI Flash (NOR), 2x eMMC and support for external PL-accessible DDR3 or DDR4 memory via its mezzanine connector
  • Power: typical 4W @ 5V to 16V
  • Interfaces included: Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 & 3.1, serial, wide array of high-speed I/Os including LVDS and Gigabit transceiver for SATA or PCI express, and JESD204b-compatible multi-Gbps interfaces accessible through a mezzanine connector
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Radiation effects mitigation & 30krad TID lifetime
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This is the vanguard of our next-generation Q-Card Processors, bringing full SDR capabilities to the next level. Q8RF features the Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC and is the result of our relentless quest for evolution.

  • High-performance processor with integrated high-Speed RF ADCs & DACs
  • ZU28DR UltraScale+ RFSoC including quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 Application Processing Unit and a dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 Real-Time Processing Unit, supported by massive programmable logic resources
  • 8x ADC @ 4 GSPS, 8x DAC @ 6.5 GSPS
  • LPDDR4  RAM on, DDR4 on PL, 512 MB QSPI Flash, 64 GB NAND Flash
  • Extensive RF + Digital I/O Interfaces for custom Daughterboards
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Radiation effects mitigation & 30krad TID lifetime
  • 100mm x 100mm, 5W – 40W Power Consumption (application dependent)
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Q7 Camera Board

With the Q7 Camera Board, you can quickly integrate high-performance image processing algorithms into your camera systems for high-bandwidth video or imagery applications.


  • 2x Camera Link interfaces (2x Base, or 1x Medium, or 1x Full)
  • 4x SpaceWire interfaces
  • 4x USB 2.0 Master ports 
  • Serial interface and GPIOs
  • Multiple Vcc Out (5.0, 3.3 & 1.8V)
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Daughterboard for the Q7 processor that provides a suite of functions and interfaces that are commonly required in a satellite ACS subsystem. Given the large suite of interfaces and functions available on the board, it can also be used in more general applications where only a subset of the available functions are required.


  • Interfaces: Numerous RS-422 and RS-485 serial interfaces, multiple GPIO
  • Size: 100 x 76 x 14.5 mm (with Q7, excluding RJ45 connector)
    Input Voltage: 25 to 34V (28V nominal)
    Power consumption: 2.7W @ idle
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Q8 Camera Board

Our High-performance image processing board designed to work with the Q8 hybrid processor card that features two Camera Link interfaces (2x Base or 1x Medium).


  • 2x Camera Link interfaces
  • 4x SpaceWire interfaces
  • 4x USB 2.0 Master ports
  • Serial interface and GPIOs
  • Multiple Vcc Out (5.0, 3.3 & 1.8V)
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Q8 SDR Dock Daughterboard

A Daughterboard for the Q8 hybrid processor card that incorporates an SDR module based on Analog Devices’ popular AD9361 wideband transceiver RF System on-a-chip (RFSoC).

  • Interface to AD9361-based  SDR module
  • PPS, CAN bUS, serial, UART (LVDS), USB interfaces
  • Power interfaces (+5V, +12V)
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A High-performance SDR module designed to work with the Q8 hybrid processor card that features an Analog Devices AD9361 RF agile transceiver.


  • 2x RF Out, 2x RF In
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • CAN Bus
  • SPI
  • GPS In
  • PPS In
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Custom Solutions

Adaptive for your mission needs

Hardware Development 

Firmware Development 

Software Hybridization

Linux Driver/API & Application Software

Hardware Development

From concept to production, Xiphos crafts bespoke hardware solutions tailored to your requirements. With a proven heritage in space applications, our adept team can help bring your design visions to life.

Firmware development

Our firmware engineers excel at crafting embedded logic solutions for diverse needs such as control, communications, and processing, ensuring high-speed, robust, reliable, and efficient performance. In addition to the design of custom logic, Xiphos offers off-the-shelf IP cores, allowing a customer to integrate key functionality into their designs quickly.

Software hybridization

Xiphos' software hybridization fuses custom software with FPGA logic, creating efficient, high-performance, and scalable applications with a focus on image processing, signal processing, and data acquisition. Hybridized solutions can significantly outperform high-end computing platforms with respect to performance and power consumption.

Linux Driver/API & Application Software Development

The expertise of our team allows us to deliver Linux software solutions for a wide range of applications, from creating custom drivers and APIs for Linux to developing application software.

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Catering to diverse applications, from remote sensing to SDR, Xiphos' computing solutions are compact, efficient, and extremely powerful.

We take pride in our comprehensive service offerings which range from turnkey systems to custom development, supplemented by thorough training and white-glove support. You can count on our team of experts to unlock the right solution for your unique mission.

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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 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.

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 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 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.

What are the main offerings of Xiphos?

Xiphos creates superior, high-performance, space-ready COTS-based Processor Boards and Daughterboards, leveraging the power of Xilinx MPSoC FPGAs.

What sort of advantages does Xiphos 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?

  • 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?

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

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