Cobham Gaisler AB provides IP cores and supporting development tools for embedded processors based on the SPARC and RISC-V architectures. We specialize in digital hardware design for both commercial and aerospace applications.
The Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout probe (MASCOT) lander was launched as a passenger on the Hayabusa 2 mission launched in 2014. MASCOT successfully touched down on the asteroid Ryugu in October 2018 with a battery that allowed for 16 hours of operation; it stayed operational for more than 17 hours. The MASCOT lander carried four instruments to learn more about the composition of Ruygu.
For the MASCOT the German Space Agency selected Cobham Gaisler to develop the main on-board computer. The on-board computer is based on the Cobham Gaisler GR712 RC dual core LEON3FT space qualified processor, which is well suited for the requirments of an asteroid probe. Due to Ryugu being far away from the Earth the on-board computer of MASCOT needed to be powerful enough for the lander to be able to operate autonomously, while still being tolerant to radiation
Lucas Antunes Tambara
It has been two years since I joined the company. What I enjoy the most by working at the company, which is a global reference player in the microprocessor segment for the aerospace market, is that the company allows me to work on inspiring and innovative technology for a very challenging and exciting industry.
I believe that my job will allow me, in the short-term, to become an industry expert in my field in which others can go to for ideas and help.
My job involves not only project and development, but also a considerable amount of research. As an example, a microprocessor is never like the other, which requires specific testing modes for each one. This means that a typical workday is also never like the other, and I love such dynamism!
The working environment is very integrated and dynamic. As a Component Engineer working with the Radiation Effects Testing of our products, I constantly need to be in contact with colleagues from other sections, such as Software and Hardware. Such communication is straightforward to establish since we are a small team (doing big things!) located in one single physical environment.
I think that the company’s leadership is well structured. I appreciate the fact that my Section Head is very technical and always willing to discuss problems and solutions. At the same time, the company’s general manager is very transparent and is always very excited about what we do. I believe that such an organization motivates all the employees to keep doing their best.
In the GR716 project, I have participated in almost all the stages of the project when it comes to radiation effects. This is very exciting because I have been able to put into practice everything that I researched and worked during my Ph.D., but now in a product that will be really flying in space very soon!
I have worked with Cobham Gaisler since February 2018. I am part of the Hardware team.
Apart from the exciting fact that we develop products for space, the work environment here is very comfortable. Colleagues are happy to share knowledge, welcoming and fun as well.
Even the office infrastructure is very nice. I love my small cozy room here. Cubicles are kind of boring! I enjoy the biweekly team lunches, office parties and concerts too.
I have been doing functional validation of designs and was searching opportunities to do more digital design. Here I could get a chance to do design activities. I would like to do more of digital design and develop my expertise in that area.
I am able to learn new things every day and add value to myself as an engineer. Here I have opportunities to work with things I am really interested in. The day-to-day activities are not repetitive and this makes work interesting. Also we work in a way that we have regular discussions with team members.
The company has employees from many countries and we have a very flexible and free work culture. Employees here are passionate about what they do and proud of what we are as a company.
The leadership team is very much approachable and supportive. You do not have to think twice to reach out to them for any questions you have.
I have worked with GR740 Next Generation Microprocessor Flight Models development project. GR740 is Cobham Gaisler's quad core processor. GR740 is part of the European Space Agency roadmap for standard microprocessor components. As part of the project I was validating the functionality and performance of the processor. The functional validation was performed on GR-CPCI-GR740 development board.
I have worked at Cobham Gaisler for five years and have over 20 years experience from ASIC/FPGA development.
I like that we have an open communication between colleagues and flexible hours. It's rewarding to work with dedicated colleagues that are experts within their field.
We work in an international environment with tasks that require advanced technical knowledge, that gives me the opportunity to develop within my profession, and I get to use my experience and skills daily. I enjoy a global interaction and exciting assignments within the space industry.
Our management believes in the team and gives us opportunities to develop within our field and support when needed. Our offices are centrally located in Gothenburg and we have a fantastic view.
"Microcontrollers for Embedded Space Applications" is an exciting project together with the European Space Agency, ESA. I work as a project manager as well as a designer for hardware and test systems. I enjoy being part of the whole process from specification to a finished product used by our customers to build advanced satellites.
If everything goes according to plan, our microcontroller will be sent out in to space on board ESA's microwave telescope, ATHENA, to help scientists better understand the mysteries of space.
The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) is the first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2029, it will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. For the ESA JUICE mission Cobham Gaisler developed a digital processing unit (DPU) hardware and software platform to meet the common requirements of the payloads on-board the spacecraft. Cobham Gaisler proposed adaptations and realized the ESA requirements into a platform based on the GR712RC LEON3-FT dual-core processor. During the activity boot and driver software supporting the DPU platform was to be developed according to space quality standards. The DPU platform is used in most of the instruments on-board the JUICE spacecraft.
Där andra bolag går under devisen “Think global – act local” så jobbar Cobham Gaisler lite större än så. Företaget satsar på att det de utvecklar för att användas i rymden, också ska vara till nytta och gagna mänskligheten här nere på jorden. Med andra ord ”Think on a solar system scale – act local”.