AMD Announces Completion of Class B Qualification for First Space-Grade Versal Adaptive SoCs Enabling On-Board AI Processing in Space

First ship짯ments of radia짯ti짯on-tole짯rant Ver짯sal AI Core devices deli짯ve짯ring high-band짯width signal pro짯ces짯sing and AI infe짯ren짯cing for space appli짯ca짯ti짯ons on track for ear짯ly next year 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. 11/15/2022

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ짯ced it has com짯ple짯ted Class B qua짯li짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on for the company셲 first space-gra짯de Ver짯sal꽓 adap짯ti짯ve SoCs. The XQR Ver짯sal꽓 AI Core XQRVC1902 devices deli짯ver full radia짯ti짯on tole짯rance, acce짯le짯ra짯ted AI infe짯ren짯cing and high-band짯width signal pro짯ces짯sing per짯for짯mance for satel짯li짯te and space appli짯ca짯ti짯ons. The com짯ple짯ti짯on of Class B qua짯li짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on, deri짯ved from the US mili짯ta짯ry spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on MIL-PRF-38535, allows the devices to begin ship짯ping in ear짯ly 2023.

The radia짯ti짯on-tole짯rant XQR Ver짯sal AI Core XQRVC1902 devices repre짯sent a major leap for짯ward in enab짯ling sophisti짯ca짯ted on-board data pro짯ces짯sing and AI infe짯ren짯cing appli짯ca짯ti짯ons in space. Until now, high짯ly com짯plex AI appli짯ca짯ti짯ons could only be per짯for짯med with cus짯tom-desi짯gned ASICs, which are pro짯hi짯bi짯tively expen짯si짯ve for most space programs.

In con짯trast to ASICs, the XQR Ver짯sal adap짯ti짯ve SoC sup짯ports repro짯gramming during deve짯lo짯p짯ment as well as after deploy짯ment, inclu짯ding in-flight in the harsh radia짯ti짯on envi짯ron짯ment of space. This per짯mits satel짯li짯te ope짯ra짯tors to chan짯ge pro짯ces짯sing algo짯rith짯ms after a satel짯li짯te has been laun짯ched, allo짯wing for pre짯vious짯ly unavailable fle짯xi짯bi짯li짯ty in remo짯te sens짯ing and com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯ons appli짯ca짯ti짯ons. The radia짯ti짯on tole짯rance of the XQR Ver짯sal has been tes짯ted by AMD and inde짯pen짯dent orga짯niza짯ti짯ons and has been deter짯mi짯ned to be capa짯ble of sup짯port짯ing mis짯si짯ons from low-earth orbit to geo짯syn짯chro짯no짯us earth orbit and beyond.

Ray짯the짯on is basing our next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on space pro짯ces짯sors on the XQR Ver짯sal adap짯ti짯ve SoCs due to the chip셲 per짯for짯mance in various radia짯ti짯on envi짯ron짯ments and its high qua짯li짯ty levels, said Bar짯ry Liu, seni짯or direc짯tor, Space Sys짯tems at Ray짯the짯on Intel짯li짯gence and Space. 쏧ts hete짯ro짯ge짯neous com짯pu짯ting capa짯bi짯li짯ties and recon짯fi짯gura짯ble logic fabric will enable our teams to inte짯gra짯te more on-board pro짯ces짯sing in a con짯sider짯a짯b짯ly smal짯ler foot짯print, enab짯ling unpre짯ce짯den짯ted advan짯ces in sys짯tem-level size, weight and power (SWaP).

7nm Versal Adaptive SoC architecture

The XQR Ver짯sal AI Core adap짯ti짯ve SoCs offer advan짯ced signal pro짯ces짯sing and AI infe짯ren짯cing capa짯bi짯li짯ty in a hete짯ro짯ge짯neous com짯pu짯ting plat짯form. The devices fea짯ture dual-core Arm짰 Cor짯tex-A72 and dual-core Arm Cor짯tex-R5 embedded pro짯ces짯sors, 400 AI/ML com짯pu짯te engi짯nes, almost 900,000 logic cells, and 191M bits of memo짯ry, all con짯nec짯ted with a net짯work-on-chip and fabri짯ca짯ted on a 7nm CMOS process.

Deve짯lo짯pers can pro짯du짯ce designs for XQR Ver짯sal devices using the AMD Xilinx Viv짯a짯do꽓 tool suite and Vitis꽓 AI soft짯ware plat짯form from a varie짯ty of deve짯lo짯per tools and indus짯try-stan짯dard frame짯works, inclu짯ding RTL, C and C++, Mat짯lab, Caf짯fe, Ten짯sor짯Flow, PyTorch and others.

The Class B qua짯li짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on marks a signi짯fi짯cant mile짯stone in the intro짯duc짯tion of advan짯ced pro짯gramma짯ble solu짯ti짯ons for space appli짯ca짯ti짯ons, said Minal Sawant, seni짯or direc짯tor of Aero짯space and Defen짯se Ver짯ti짯cal Mar짯ket, AMD. 쏻e have prio짯ri짯ti짯zed an acce짯le짯ra짯ted sche짯du짯le for the Ver짯sal adap짯ti짯ve SoC Class B qua짯li짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on, all while ensu짯ring a tho짯rough and rigo짯rous approach to the test짯ing and ana짯ly짯sis neces짯sa짯ry to qua짯li짯fy devices for use in space. We are exci짯ted to start sche짯du짯ling cus짯to짯mers orders for flight-gra짯de Ver짯sal devices.

The AMD Class B qua짯li짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on and manu짯fac짯tu짯ring test flow is based on the US Depart짯ment of Defen짯se MIL-PRF-38535 Class B spe짯ci짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on for qua짯li짯fi짯ca짯ti짯on and test짯ing of mono짯li짯thic inte짯gra짯ted cir짯cuits and has been adapt짯ed for the advan짯ced orga짯nic pack짯a짯ging AMD is using for XQR Ver짯sal space-gra짯de products.

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