M i s s i o n:

SEPHY aims to increase the European competitiveness by developing an ITAR-free and radiation hardened 10/100-Base-T Ethernet transceiver (PHY), which can be used worldwide.

This project will foster innovation by developing a new space market device, which will grant non-dependence as it is designed and manufactured with European flows and processes.

M o t i v a t i o n:

The growing complexity of space systems is creating the need for high-speed networking technologies to interconnect the different elements of a spacecraft.

SEPHY targets the development of a space-graded Ethernet transceiver device to allow the protocol's full adoption in space applications while maintaining interoperability with the existing technical standards.

Further contributions and new developments based on both Time-Triggered Ethernet and AFDX protocols are expected.

This should reduce even more the dependence on export-controlled technologies from outside Europe.

The development of SEPHY will make Europe a pioneer on a critical space component, since currently there are no such space-graded Ethernet transceivers available on the global market.

O b j e c t i v e s:

Development of a radiation hardened 10/100-Base-T Ethernet physical layer transceiver for the space market in line with the trend towards Ethernet based communications.

SEPHY will become a standard solution in future international space applications for launchers, satellites and spacecraft.

The project results are fully in line with Ethernet and space-validated Time-Triggered Ethernet for deterministic real-time communication and enhanced Quality of Service based on the Ethernet standard.

Study the feasibility of a 1000Base-T Ethernet physical layer transceiver for space as the natural evolution of the 10/100-Base-T.