The Instrument Electronics Development Branch provides expert leadership to design, develop, test, and deliver electronics systems for space flight science instruments including: front-end electronics, analog signal filtering and conditioning, temperature control electronics, analog-to-digital conversion, digital signal processing, and science data processing. In addition, the Branch develops analog and digital electronics to control various instrument sensors and actuators.
The Branch provides expert personnel and maintains specialized tools and laboratories for the design, analysis, and test of advanced microelectronics devices, such as: mixed-signal application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Branch formulates instrument electronics systems architectures for conceptual studies and proposals on new and future instruments.
In collaboration with perspective science instrument principal investigators (PIs), the Branch develops these concepts and designs, and builds prototypes and development units for laboratory demonstration. For flight instrument projects, the Branch designs and develops engineering and flight units, performs verification testing, and delivers these electronics systems to the flight project for integration to the flight instrument.
Acting Branch Head: Ken Li
Associate Head: Jack McCabe
Associate Head: Renee Reynolds
Main Office: (301) 286-8043