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03 March, 2016
Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited

Fujitsu's FRAM employed as a critical memory for a small satellite "HORYU-IV"

HORYU-IV, developed by the Kyushu Institute of Technology

Figure1 : HORYU-IV, developed by the Kyushu Institute of Technology

Fujitsu's FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory) was employed as a critical memory for an Arc Event Generator and Investigation Satellite (AEGIS), "HORYU-IV", launched successfully by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.30 on February 17, 2016 attached with an X-ray astronomy satellite "Hitomi" (ASTRO-H) by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

HORYU-IV, developed by the Kyushu Institute of Technology for taking over the mission of its predecessor HORYU-II launched in 2012, will acquire current waveform and images of arcing phenomena on its high voltage solar array as a first demonstration in the world.

FRAM equipped on HORYU-IV is used to record the observation data taking advantages of its outstanding electronic characteristics, such as fast write speed, high read/write cycle endurance, low power consumption and high reliability. Fujitsu has good experiences in FRAM applying for IC cards, electric meters and robotic machine tools for long years. This time, an new application of space mission as a satellite component is demonstrated.

Fujitsu Semiconductor steadily provides the best memory products and its solutions to increase the value and convenience of customer applications by developing leading-edge memory technologies.

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