In Search of Life On The Exoplanets

Why analog-to-digital converters are so critical for space exploration.

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Space exploration is a constant driver of scientists around the world, searching for life on planets outside our solar system (exoplanets). The news is often filled by wondrous discoveries and promising leads that point to potential life outside of Earth. This search often depends on a key piece of technology – the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that accurately maps analog imaging to a digital signal that scientists use to piece together views of our universe. This whitepaper takes a closer look at how the ADC brings together space and ground-based telescopes in search of answers to the biggest questions that we have about our universe, including is there life outside of Earth and what are the implications of dark matter and energy? It also explores the design challenges and the ultimate solutions provided by Mentor Graphics tools that resulted in the highly-successful ADC device that is deployed in space and ground-based telescopes.

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