Design Note #100
High reliability redundant computing is required for mission critical applications such as chemical processing, oil refining, and nuclear power controls. Multiprocessor, mirrored control systems employ redundant power, self-checking circuitry, error correcting memory systems, and error monitoring software. Operating without restart for years at a time, high reliability redundant computing systems are designed with temperature de-rated components. Rigorous environmental testing, stress testing, HALT testing, susceptibility testing, and fault injection testing is employed to prove design effectiveness. Attention to detail is the hallmark of success.
Dual ARM9 processor cores from STMicro provide an ideal computing platform on which to build out system requirements. Large ECC-protected memory structures, secure network communications, time stamped processes, robust power system design round out the hardware architecture.
FPGA-based peripherals offer end-product configurability. PCI Express communications provides high bandwidth data pipes to general purpose FPGA based peripherals. Run-time configurability permits application-specific updates to the control structure.
Multi-lane PCI Express data communications provides wide high bandwidth data pipes to configurable peripherals. Multi UART with RS232, RS485, RS422 interfaces, HDLC Communications, high-speed synchronous serial communications, analog data input channels make this configurable controller unique in its class.
The development of custom electronic products for our OEM clients is Orchid’s entire business. The design of custom hi reliability industrial computers with rapid design cycles, demanding technical requirements, and unforgiving schedules sets us apart.