Essex-based e2v has been awarded a major contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development of an analogue-to-digital (ADC) for next-generation broadband satellite payloads.
The ESA contract covers the development of a high performance, low power, 10-bit 1.5 Gsps ADC that will meet the future needs of aerospace industries. According to e2v, it will offer superior linearity, flat spectral response, wide analogue input bandwidth and a demultiplexed output.
Digital processing in satellite payloads optimises the use of expensive and scarce frequency spectrum. This is said to maximise operational flexibility and provides the opportunity to broaden satellite system functionality to include high-speed multimedia internet, cellular telephone and HDTV services.
Thierry Gouvernel, e2v’s business unit general manager said: ‘ESA’s award of this strategic development contract is a great recognition of our successful track record in complex and leading edge projects. This win underscores 15 years of work supporting the aerospace marketplace, and other demanding industries.’