• Yokemate of Keyboards
    Yokemate of Keyboards
    Posts: 11006 from 2003/5/22
    From: Germany
    > I'm not even sure if "radiation-hardening" electronics [...] is even that much
    > of an important thing any more. A single transistor (or track) inside a chip
    > is a million times smaller than in the late 80s, and would presumably so be
    > subjected to much less inducted current when exposed to a powerful EM flux.

    Shrinking process node decreases vulnerability to total-ionizing-dose radiation but increases vulnerability to other kinds of radiation effects like single-event upset or single-event latchup. Thus, radiation hardening is still a necessary thing for space microelectronics and probably always will be. The specific hardening methods have changed over time with the ever-shrinking process nodes, though.

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