Since 2002, Xilinx Radiation Test Consortium (XRTC) partners have pooled resources through the XRTC to characterize and mitigate radiation-induced effects in FPGAs with the goal of boldly increasing their use in harsh radiation environments, esp. outer space.

The XRTC was founded in 2002 by NASA/JPL and Xilinx to evaluate re-configurable FPGAs for aerospace applications. The Consortium brings together top experts from industry, government, and academia to test and characterize radiation effects and mitigation techniques for re-configurable FPGAs.

The XRTC strives to:

  • Provide independent and unbiased testing and characterization of radiation effects and mitigation techniques in re-configurable FPGAs.
  • Facilitate industry cooperation and collaboration in the testing of re-configurable FPGAs.
  • Enable public awareness and access to test results and publications.

Beyond what is visible on this page, additional information can be found on the Xilinx High Reliability and Space Lounge. To access the Xilinx Space Lounge you will need to request access through your Xilinx account.

Event Schedule

Video recordings and presentation slides of past XRTC events are available in the Archive Section.

Do you have a topic to present to the consortium during the weekly XRTC meetings?

  • Flight and radiation-test related designs, new test, hardware and mission concepts, and obtained results on topics related to the XRTC are the main fodder. However, we also welcome project overviews, either planned, accomplished, or currently operating, test plans, and do host open discussions for position-finding.
  • Contributions from non-members are explicitly welcome and we very much appreciate input from beyond the current horizon.
  • Yes? Then please submit a proposal including a brief abstract to Gary and Christian via email to Gary.M.Swift (at) and christian.fuchs (at)

New XRTC Wednesday Meeting Webex

We have moved from the Xilinx-hosted Webex Meeting to a new Boeing-hosted instance. Thank you Boeing! Check the Meeting-Access wiki-page for web-access and phone dial-in details.

DUT-Card - The Next Generation

What do we do next? Versal! How do we accelerate and improve the CTI and DUT design process, considering what we have learned from the V7, KU060, and US+Latch-Up experiences.

  • 7nm Versal ACAP

Virtex-7 Campaign Result Publication

Analysis team is meeting weekly. Expect a full report of the XRTC Virtex-7 Campaign (TAM1216, UCD0117, TAM0317) soon. The current mature draft can be downloaded here.

Results include:

  • LVCMOS/LVDS IOB input and output cross-sections
  • BRAM and BRAM-ECC cross-section and performance analysis
  • Clocking Resources, both PLL and MMCM
  • CRAM cross-section
  • SEFIs

Earlier published documents are available here

To be includes in general XRTC communication and announcements, sign up here . The list is low in volume, used about once a month. It is mainly used for consortium status updates, planning of upcoming Special Presentations (suitable for forwarding to your interested colleagues) and last-minute informations.

To obtain access to the non-public regions of this wiki, as well as the other facilities of the XRTC, please contact Gary.M.Swift (at) and christian.fuchs (at) . Please put “Join XRTC WIKI” in the subject line and identify yourself with full name, affiliation, job title and category: 'radiation specialist', 'designer', or 'other' in the latter case, please 'specify'). If possible, do include a phone number and instant messenger contact information.

To participate, contribute, or in general getting in touch with the XRTC. Please get in contact with an existing consortium member or contact the XRTC organizers.

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