Date:13th June 2012
NGSIS selects RapidIO as a standard for
future space-based electronics
The RapidIO Trade Association has announced that RapidIO
has been selected as the basis for the Next Generation Space
Interconnect Standard, an industry and government agreed
standard for intra-satellite physical and logical interconnects.
The NGSIS working group has been chartering to develop
requirements for interconnect technology for use in satellites
since one year. The Independent trade study has been conducted
by NGSIS member companies. The results has demonstrated
the superiority of RapidIO over other existing commercial
protocols, such as: Infiniband, Fibrechannel, and 10G Ethernet.
As part of the effort, the NGSIS requirements committee
developed extensive requirements criteria with 47 different
elements for the NGSIS interconnect. The group decided that
RapidIO offered the best overall interconnect foundation
to the needs of next-generation satellites. The two organizations
began a dialog on the best way to work together and have
determined that the RapidIO Trade Association will service
as the organizational home for completing the NGSIS standards
work. Many of the companies participating in the NGSIS effort
are already member companies of the RapidIO Trade Association.
The RapidIO Trade Association also has a well functioning
process and eco-system to support standards development
The RapidIO NGSIS group will develop additional standards
specifications detailing how RapidIO should be implemented
in space-borne equipment this may include the development
of optical interface standards and connector standards.
The NGSIS has also had discussions with VITA to support
the definition of mechanical chassis standards.
Patrick Collier of the Air Force Research Lab and a leader
of the NGSIS effort said: "We are excited to work with
the RapidIO community to establish these important standards
of next-generation satellites. The satellite industry has
a growing need for high-speed data and also for extremely
high reliability. RapidIO offers both high-speed and also
very reliable communications."
"The RapidIO Trade Association is pleased with the
selection of RapidIO by the NGSIS group." said Sam
Fuller, Executive Director. "NGSIS member companies
will be able to leverage the robust ecosystem of RapidIO
products and services to develop next-generation space-based
electronics that will offer significantly higher processing
and communications capabilities than existing solutions.
The selection of RapidIO by the NGSIS group validates the
fundamental value proposition of RapidIO as a high-performance,
reliable switch fabric technology that has been optimized
for demanding embedded applications. Being an open industry
standard supported by dozens of companies ensures that the
space industry will be able to continue to work with the
technology for decades into the future."
Current NGSIS member companies and organizations include:
BAE Systems, Boeing Space Systems, Cisco, Honeywell, Lockheed
Martin, NASA/JPL, NASA/Goddard, Orbital Sciences, Sandia
National Laboratories, Space Systems/Loral and the US Air
Force Research Laboratory.