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Radiation Effects Characterization of the SBP9900A 16-Bit Microprocessor

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Tom Ellis ; Naval Weapons Support Center Crane, Indiana 47522

Characterization of the Texas Instruments SBP9900A 16-bit microprocessor has been performed in radiation environments. The test results indicate that the devices will remain functional at reduced electrical performance following exposures to ionizing radiation levels of 3×106rads(Si) or neutron fluences of 3×1013n/cm2. Transient logic upset was not observed at ionizing radiation dose rates of less than 1×109rads(Si)/sec. The primary failure mode in the neutron and total ionizing dose environments was found to be a reduction in up-gain of the npn portion of the I2L cell. Methods of enhancing the radiation hardness of the SBP9900A are discussed.

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 6 )