ECSS-Q-ST-60-03C – ASIC, FPGA and IP Core product assurance (11 October 2023)


This standard together with ECSS-E-ST-20-40 supersedes ECSS-Q-ST-60-02. All general engineering requirements from ECSS-Q-ST-60-02 have been transferred to ECSS-E-ST-20-40. All Product Assurance requirements from ECSS-Q-ST-60-02 have been transferred to this standard.

This Standard defines a set of product assurance requirements for the development, reuse and maintenance of integrated circuits such as ASICs and FPGAs, and for IP Cores as reusable building blocks of complex integrated circuits, in space systems.

This standard does not cover requirements for the selection, control, procurement or usage of Integrated Circuits for space projects nor their ESCC qualification requirements, as those requirements are covered by ECSS-Q-ST-60 EEE components standard and the ESCC generic specification No. 9000 respectively.

In the context of this standard, the special word DEVICE is used to refer to either an ASIC, an FPGA or an IP Core. Space systems include manned and unmanned spacecraft, launchers, payloads, experiments and their associated ground equipment and facilities.

This standard is written to complement ECSS-E-ST-20-40 with which it is to be used in a co-engineering approach. This standard contains Product Assurance requirements for the DEVICE engineering activities, workflow, phases and reviews defined in ECSS-E-ST-20-40. Both this standard and ECSS-E-ST-20-40 are to be used during the development of DEVICEs.

This Standard applies to the development, reuse and maintenance of DEVICEs which affect the quality of the deliverable product or service provided by a space system, if the service is implemented by these DEVICEs.

This standard interfaces with space product assurance, engineering and management standardisation documents, which are addressed in the Product Assurance (Q), Engineering (E) and Management (M) branches of the ECSS System. This standard explains how the supporting standards relate to the DEVICE product assurance processes and phases.

This standard does not modify the generic PA requirements (ECSS-Q-ST-10), QA requirements (ECSS-Q-ST-20), Dependability requirements (ECSS-Q-ST-30), and Configuration (ECSS-M-ST-40) previously defined in ECSS-Q-ST-60-02. This standard translates the requirements of these ECSS standards and adapts them to the context of the DEVICE engineering domain defined in ECSS-E-ST-20-40.

This standard requires that the user applies the generic Project Planning and Implementation requirements (ECSS-M-ST-10). However, it is worth noting that the phases and reviews defined in ECSS-E-ST-20-40 do not follow the naming convention of processes and reviews defined in ECSS-M-ST-10.

This standard may be tailored for the specific characteristic and constraints of a space project in conformance with ECSS-S-ST-00.

Tailoring of this standard to a specific business agreement or project, when ASIC/FPGA/IP Core product assurance requirements are prepared, is also addressed in clause 4.3.



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NOTE: ECSS-Q-ST-60-03C together with ECSS-E-ST-20-40C (1 October 2023) replace ECSS-Q-ST-60-02C “ASIC and FPGA development” (31 July 2008).