Emulation Technology, Inc.
Custom adapter built to MIL-PRF-31032 for space flight
SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 12, 2002 -Emulation Technology (ET) announced that it was chosen by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to provide a custom adapter required in testing the Intel MQ80386-20 microprocessor, an integral part for its Wide Field Camera 3 (WFPC3) project. The WFPC3 is being built to replace the previous camera installed in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the First Servicing Mission (FSM) in December 1993.
Because the WFPC3 project leverages the hardware, software and experience of the previous instruments, the microprocessor used required a custom adapter be created to convert a 164-lead quad flat pack (QFP) into a 132 pin grid array (PGA) footprint. Project engineers, concerned with meeting the assembly schedule, contacted ET during the assembly stage of the project with the urgent request for the adapter. Replacing the microprocessor would have been costly or not possible given their requirements, and procuring a custom adapter was the best choice.
"We considered several vendors when we realized that we needed a custom adapter solution. We chose Emulation Technology because they were responsive to our initial inquiries and came highly recommended from the project's Principle Design Engineer," said Dr. Edward Cheung, Principle Engineer, Jackson & Tull/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. "ET not only provided a cost-effective, custom solution that met our specifications, but they also enabled us to keep on schedule and focus on meeting the project's overall objectives."
While the adapter was created to convert a 164 QFP to a 132 PGA, it also required that the PCB and pin array be constructed out of polyimide material to comply with MIL-PRF-31032. "Working with Dr. Cheung and the other engineers on this custom build presented an interesting challenge," said Perry Munroe, Engineering Manager at Emulation Technology. "Providing a custom solution is gratifying-better yet when it's for the space program. Given the urgency and the specifications of this project, I'm very pleased with our ability to meet their request."
Founded in 1983, Emulation Technology is the industry leader in interconnect solutions. Emulation Technology has more than 50,000 customers and operations in 23 countries worldwide, selling directly through its extensive catalog, distributors and online store at WWW.1800ADAPTER.com. The company is privately held and is headquartered at 2344 Walsh Avenue, Bldg. F, Santa Clara, Calif., 95051.
About Emulation Technology
Call ET today at 1 800 ADAPTER (1-800-232-7837).
| What's New
| Corporate Information
| Search our Site
| Related Sites
EMULATION TECHNOLOGY, INC.
2344 Walsh Avenue, Building F
Santa Clara, CA 95051-1301 U.S.A.