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LEON processor in orbit around Venus

The LEON processor is currently in orbit around Venus. The processor is used in the camera control logic on-board the Venus Express spacecraft.

During the DASIA 2006 conference, IDA Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, presented the Venus Express Monitoring Camera (VMC) which uses the LEON2 processor IP core. The camera control is implemented in an FPGA and integrates, in addition to the processor, peripheral control logic and interfaces to various sensors and communication units.

- We are delighted to see that the LEON processor is being used for instrumentation in space and that it is performing well. This shows that the quality of the work performed by our staff is out of this world, says a smiling Per Danielsson the CEO of Gaisler Research AB.

Credits: ESA/MPS, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany

This false-colour ultraviolet view is one of the first-ever images of the southern hemisphere of Venus. It was taken by the Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC) on-board Venus Express. Venus Express is the European Space Agency's (ESA) mission to the planet Venus with the objective to unravel the secrets of the Venusian atmosphere.

Dawn Framing Camera

An upgraded version of the LEON2 based camera controller has also been developed for the Framing Camera to be flown pn NASA's Dawn mission. The Dawn mission undertakes a journey in both space and time by travelling to the two most massive and complementary protoplanets Ceres and Vesta, bodies that reside in the asteroid belt.

The Dawn Framing Camera is developed by the German Aerospace Centre, DLR, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, in corporation with IDA Technical University Braunschweig.

About Gaisler Research AB

Gaisler Research AB is a provider of SoC solutions for exceptionally competitive markets such as aerospace, military and demanding commercial applications. The Gaisler Research's products consist of user-customizable 32-bit SPARC V8 processor cores, peripheral IP-cores and associated software and development tools. Gaisler Research solutions help companies develop highly competitive application and customer-specific SoC solutions.