CNES is the French Space Agency, a state-owned organization founded in 1961. CNES is responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy within the framework of international cooperation, particularly within Europe. CNES is a major source of proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe’s competitive edge and ensure that Europe remains a key player in the worldwide space arena. Co-financed by ESA and CNES, specific products have also been developed. CNES has taken in charge the development of SRAM and FPGA products (40K, 280K and 450Kgates) whereas ESA focused on processors (ERC32, LEON) and Application Specific Standard Products (ASSP).

Late 2012, ESA and CNES launched conjointly the development of Polymnie, FPGA demonstrator of a 2.5Mgates RHBD FPGA, first step of the MUSE project. End of 2013, this project was stopped and ESA and CNES have worked with the help of the MUSE partners to propose a solution to have an NG-FPGA. Today the new NG-FPGA project is called BRAVE (Big Re-programmable Array for Versatile Environments) and covers both the development of a medium size (550Kgates) and a large size (2.5Mgates) RHBD FPGA.

Involvement in the project:

CNES will ensure that the project outputs comply with the requirements of the European space agencies, will contribute to the setting of the specifications and all validation tests, will coordinate the end user application validations and will contribute to the dissemination plan by directing his contractors to use the products resulting from DEMETER.