Powering up computing capacity
To bolster the durability of electronic systems and devices used in high-radiation environments — in outer space, for instance — a process called radiation hardening can keep computer components functioning despite levels of radiation exposure that would cause most electronics to fail. Fulton Schools and Sandia National Laboratories researchers are collaborating to improve on that process, which includes finding ways to make radiation hardened computer chips more efficient. The work is led by Matthew Marinella, an associate professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, a part of the Fulton Schools, and a former researcher at Sandia Labs. Achieving the project goal would make spacecraft computing more efficient, freeing up power for space missions to perform more tasks.