Arrow Electronics adds rad-hard Arm microcontrollers from Vorago Technologies
A distribution agreement with Vorago Technologies strengthens Arrow’s presence in extreme industrial and commercial space sectors. The company which
specialises in radiation hardened (rad-hard) and extreme-temperature Arm-based microcontrollers has signed a distribution agreement which lets Arrow offer European customers a portfolio of qualified devices that are ready to deploy in space and harsh industrial environments.
The Vorago product range includes space-grade and industrial-grade Arm Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M4 microcontrollers that contain rich peripherals with up to 256kbyte on-chip flash and 64kbyte RAM. With up to 104 general -purpose I/Os. Options include CAN2.0, 10/100 Ethernet, and Spacewire interfaces, added Arrow, for designers to use the microcontrollers to save system size and weight and simplify end-product approval to applicable industry standards.
According to Matthias Hutter, vice president product management and supplier marketing in EMEA, Arrow Electronics, the “ultra-rugged microcontrollers from Vorago Technologies add value to the Arrow portfolio, enabling us to address opportunities including industrial IoT devices for harsh environments and emerging markets for low-cost small satellites”.
“Working with Arrow in Europe now gives us access to a greater number and diversity of customers whose projects can benefit from our radiation hardened microcontrollers,” commented Bernd Lienhard, chief executive officer of Vorago.
Vorago has built its portfolio of rugged microcontrollers using patented Harsil technology, which enables cost-effective hardening for extreme environment operations and is compatible with high-volume production. The use of industry-standard Arm cores helps assure users of advanced performance and efficiency, as well as simplifying development using familiar tools and techniques, said the company.
There are eight devices with various combinations of peripherals, and options which include an integrated temperature sensor, DMA controller, and integrated FRAM for improved data retention in environments that contain radiation. The microcontrollers offer specified radiation performance, including total ionising dose at least 200krad(Si) and SEL (single event latchup) immunity above 110 (MeVcm²) /mg (at T=125 degrees C).
Arrow will support the Vorago portfolio of microcontrollers and development kits that help users jump-start their projects and accelerate time to market.