Rakon is pleased to announce its space oscillators are the first in the world to make it onto the European Space Agency (ESA) European Space Components Coordination (ESCC) Qualified Parts List (QPL).
Chief Marketing Officer, Darren Robinson said the achievement was a significant milestone for the company.
“Rakon has a long history of providing high-reliability products for space applications and we are extremely proud to be the very first to offer the industry’s crystal oscillators approved by the ESA. This is a tremendous result for our team in France, after a lot of collaboration and hard work over many years.
“We are the only oscillator manufacturer qualified by ESA according to the ESCC standard. It means that our site in Pont Sainte Marie, is qualified to deliver crystal oscillators (our RK135) for all its customers without any additional Lot Acceptance Tests (LAT) required, which reduces the lead time.”
Robinson said the certification will provide new opportunities for the company.
“The advantage for our customers is that, they can purchase our XOs without ordering a LAT to validate the batch they order, because it has been qualified by ESA; therefore saving them considerable time and cost.”
“Having been pre-approved also paves the way for us to be the go-to supplier when engineers are requiring an XO for their next space requirement.”
Business Development Manager for Hi-reliability, Rakon France’s Laurent Elzear said the product is ideal for use in satellite applications.
“This XO provides the clock signal for an FPGA1 or other components. It is based on hybrid technology, where it is resistant to extreme environments like radiation, shock and vibration.”
The crystal oscillator will remain certified for two years and joins two of Rakon’s space crystal resonators that are currently on the ESA ESCC QPL.
1FPGA stands for ‘Field-Programmable Gate Array.’ It is an integrated circuit that can be configured by a customer after it is manufactured.
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