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Microelectronics for Aerospace

IHP's SiGe BiCMOS Technologies for Space Applications


  • IHP offers 0.13/0.25 µm high performance SiGe BiCMOS technologies 
  • They provide integrated HBTs up to 500 GHz, LDMOS and RF MEMS
  • The radiation hard 0.25 µm SGB25RH and the 0.13 µm SG13RH technologies are being evaluated by ESA and DLR
  • IHP offers design kits and IC blocks for partners and customers
  • It operates an 8” (200 mm) pilot line for technological developments and the preparation of ASICs, located in a 1000 m² class 1 cleanroom

If you need more information or have any questions, please 
contact us:

Prof. Milos Krstic
Phone: +49 335 5625 729

Offers of IHP's Partner ARQUIMEA for Commercial Projects


  • Design and development of digital and mixed-signal ASICs in accordance with ESA or NASA requirements
  • Digital back-end services
  • Design of Space-qualified FPGAs
  • Calibration and qualification of electronic parts and digital, analogue and mixed-signal ICs for automotive applications
  • Radiation characterization and test services on analogue, digital and mixed-signal devices

IHP's Space Related Design Research


  • Design of IP blocks for high frequency & high speed operation
  • Design approaches for low noise high frequency signals
  • System level fault tolerant methodology for space applications
  • Proprietary Triple Modular Redundancy methodology for fault protection compatible to the standard design flow
  • Architectural framework for adaptable multiprocessors supporting online reconfiguration to the fault tolerance and reliability requirements
Examples for IHP's Aerospace Designs

Voltage-Controlled Oscillators (VCO)

  • 10 GHz VCO with varactor switching
  • Local Oscillator at 18-19 GHz with low phase noise (Project SiMS)


  • Low-Noise PLL Synthesizer
  • SiGe Space Synthesizer for 8.3-11.7 GHz (Project SISSI, ESA & DLR)
  • Frequency synthesizer for satellite communication

Digital to Analog & Analog to Digital Converter (DAC & ADC)

  • 4-bit 30 GSps DAC
  • 6-bit 28 GSps Low Power DAC
  • 12-bit High Speed Low Power Self Calibrating DAC for Space Applications
  • 4-bit 16 GSps ADC

Wireless Circuits & Systems

designed for terrestrial applications, but applicable also for Aerospace

  • Wireless Communication circuits (5, 60, 122 GHZ; UWB)
  • Radar circuits (24, 77, 94 GHz)
  • AES / ECC encryption for wireless
  • Wireless Gigabit in-flight entertainment
  • Wireless sensor networks for aircraft monitoring



Middleware Switch

Spacecraft area network

Radiation hard LEON3-FT Processor

The building and the infrastructure of the IHP were funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, funds of the Federal Government and also funds of the Federal State of Brandenburg.