Northrop, Nallatech to Create FPGA-Based Satellite Test Platform

Nallatech, the leader in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, today announced its collaboration for developing a test platform for space borne processing with Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Space Technology sector, a developer of systems at the leading edge of space, defense and electronics technology. Northrop Grumman Space Technology creates sophisticated products that contribute significantly to the nation’s security and leadership in science and technology. Work on the FPGA system development for Northrop Grumman aligns with Nallatech’s focus on the U.S. defense and aerospace markets.

As part of the $2.1 million contract, performed over a one-year period, Nallatech’s field application engineers and technical specialists supported Northrop Grumman Space Technology systems engineers in creating an FPGA platform that provided the ideal test-bed for their satellite applications. The system was built around multiple cPCI cards and chassis, with a custom I/O card providing a total of 16Gbps of bandwidth between units. The application uses Nallatech’s BenERA, BenDATA-II, BenDATA-WS, BenBLUE-II and BenPRO hardware products to provide specific amounts of processing through Xilinx FPGAs, as well as extensive memory capability. The architecture was designed to make the FPGA the main processing engine.

“Our collaboration with Northrop Grumman is another example of the ever-increasing demand for high-performance FPGA computing solutions in the U.S. defense market,” said Ed Hennessy, V.P. North American Operations, Nallatech. “It also demonstrates that the rapid development and iteration benefits of FPGA technologies are delivering significant advantage to the U.S. military and aerospace sectors.”

About Nallatech
Nallatech is the world’s leading supplier of high-performance COTS FPGA Solutions. Nallatech designs and manufactures high-performance FPGA embedded products, in form factors such as PCI, VME, cPCI, PCI-X and PCI-104. Customers benefit from lower costs, reduction in size, weight and power and improved performance. Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, its wholly-owned subsidiary Nallatech Inc. has U.S. group offices in Baltimore and regional offices in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston. Nallatech has six operating locations worldwide and international partner sales offices in seven countries.

About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.