Custom FPGA

The need for more advanced processing capability is an ongoing challenge for mission success, and in many cases commercially available hardware does not meet customer needs. To address this challenge, SDL designs and programs custom FPGAs to meet maximum data rates and evolving requirements.


  • Wide range of FPGA platforms
    • Xilinx
    • Altera
    • Lattice
    • Actel
  • Interface capabilities tailored to customer requirements
    • Assorted electrical sensor interfaces
    • High speed optics / SERDES interfaces
  • Integrated IP cores
    • Processors
    • MAC / Ethernet
    • Interlaken, DDR Memory
    • Custom
    • SpaceWire
    • Mil. Std. 1553
    • JPEG Video Compression


Sky Lynx

Common Data Link Interface

SDL designed and developed Sky Lynx for receiving, synchronizing, routing, and simulating sensor-collected tactical/reconnaissance imagery and navigation data. Sky Lynx supports a variety of CDL and ATM based sensors and converts the data to Gigabit Ethernet for ground station processing and viewing.


Network Analysis Device

SDL designed and developed hardware for high-speed network routing and analysis.


Dynamic Ionosphere Cubesat Experiment

Twin CubeSats mapped the geomagnetic Storm Enhanced Density (SED) plasma bulge and plume formations in Earth’s ionosphere.


Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

The WISE cryogenically-cooled infrared telescope provided a complete stellar infrared map more than 1,000 times more detailed than previous surveys.


Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry

SABER, a 10-channel infrared (1.27 to 16.9 µm) radiometer, is one of four instruments on NASA's TIMED mission, which is dedicated to study the dynamics of the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (MLT) portion of the Earth's atmosphere.


Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment

SOFIE is one of three instruments aboard the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite. AIM’s objective is to study polar mesospheric clouds and the environment in which they form.


Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer

GIFTS was successfully tested and calibrated as an engineering demonstration unit to ground-validate technologies critical to NOAA’s Hyperspectral Environmental Suite for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system.