Embedded software solutions
Smart devices in the space domain cover a wide range of different equipment ranging from the transmitter, frequency converters, signal control, antenna control units, and receivers. All these devices require embedded firmware, which allows the unit to work as expected, including features like broadcasting status and control data.

The embedded software should be capable of managing internal processes reliably, to achieve the goals set for that equipment. This means that a deep knowledge of the running hardware and of all involved processes is needed to successfully implement the firmware.

The embedded software could be executed in small micro-controller SOCs (System on Chip) - such as RISC-V, Cortex-M, or Cortex-R as standalone code - or tasks managed by an RTOS (Real-Time Operating System), or it can be a custom-built Linux system running in an application core that is part of an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) or of a processor system. In any case, the software will include drivers that will allow the integration with the device-specific hardware, which will be very different depending on the final functionality of the device. A simple amplifier would contain a small micro-controller to adjust the gain and to show the parameters in a small LCD. A satellite modem, though, will contain an application processor with several cores to manage the full system, including an internal GUI and external web dashboard, and also several micro-controller cores that will synthesize signals or control the ADC and DAC data converters (analog-digital / digital-analog). It might even be the case that the synthesis consists of modulation or demodulation-based code in the programmable logic area of an FPGA.

Amphinicy has developed the skills and has the experience of integrating all these parts in the space domain.