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DDC’s NAND Flash Chosen for the NASA BioSentinel CubeSat Spacecraft!

Bohemia, New York (September 2018) Data Device Corporation (DDC) proudly announces that our Rad Hard high density NAND flash memory has been selected to be integrated within the Pearl Single Board Computer (SBC), that is used as the flight computer on NASA’s BioSentinel CubeSat spacecraft. The Pearl SBC, along with DDC’s flash memory, is baselined for use on multiple upcoming missions for both NASA and the DOD.

BioSentinel is a NASA space mission designed to study the effects of solar radiation on organisms. BioSentinel will be deployed as part of the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS). SLS is the largest rocket ever developed, and will enable astronauts to explore destinations far into the solar system.

DDC’s 192 gigabit NAND flash provides the CubeSat spacecraft with compact, high density memory, along with the advantages that a 24-bit bus configuration provides, allowing the use of TMR (Triple Modular Redundancy) error correction, for seamless operation without failure. DDC’s NAND flash is radiation hardened with radiation mitigation RAD-PAK® technology, offering best-in-class spot shielding. RAD-PAK® enables DDC to deliver the latest commercially available microelectronics in a space qualified package, providing designers with a high performance space grade solution at a reduced cost. RAD-PAK®-based solutions offer a total dose immunity of 100 krads or higher, and have been qualified by NASA, ESA, JAXA and thousands of missions for over 20 years without any flight failures.


  • Proven Reliability
    • Hermetically sealed ceramic flat package with RAD-PAK® radiation-hardened shielding
    • RAD-PAK® packaging technology has been qualified by NASA, ESA, JAXA and thousands of missions for over 20 years without any flight failures
  • Optimized Performance
    • High density — Based on up to eight 32 Gb x8 NAND flash die (256 Gb), supports higher speed designs with less capacitance and fewer I/O's to drive
    • Single Level Cell (SLC) Technology — offers fast read and write capabilities and boot times, along with excellent endurance and reliability

“We have worked on many space projects with NASA, and we are pleased that they continue to value the high reliability of our space products, along with the advanced functionality and performance that DDC is able to deliver, utilizing our space proven and qualified RAD-PAK® technology”, stated DDC Space Business Unit Manager, Dan Veenstra.

NASA — The BioSentinel mission is funded by the Advanced Exploration Systems program within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Partner organizations include NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Johnson Space Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Data Device Corporation (DDC) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-reliability Connectivity, Power and Control solutions (Data Networking Components to Processor Based Subsystems, Space Qualified SBCs and Radiation Hardened Components; Power Distribution, Control and Conversion; Motor Control and Motion Feedback) for aerospace, defense, space, and industrial applications. With awards for quality, delivery, and support, DDC has served these industries as a trusted resource for more than 50 years... providing proven solutions that are optimized for efficiency, reliability, and performance. Data Device Corporation brands include DDC, Beta Transformer Technology Corporation, National Hybrid Inc., North Hills Signal Processing Corp., Pascall Electronics Ltd., and XCEL Power Systems Ltd. DDC is headquartered in Bohemia, NY and has manufacturing operations in New York, California, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

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