The Project

PROMISE is a 3-year project conducted through the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation program of the European Commission. PROgrammable MIxed Signal Electronics

New trends in the space market are pushing towards satellite miniaturization and mass production for constellations, leading to a drastic drop in production costs and acceleration of development cycles. These trends, combined with initiatives for reducing launch costs, makes the space industry more accessible to the independent private sector, scientists, academia and population at large.

In this context, the PROMISE project is targeting the development of key enabling digital technologies by generating a new ecosystem fully based on European suppliers, to ensure European competitiveness and non-dependence to third parties. The project will provide the space community with a flexible mixed-signal .


ASIC[*] architecture design, manufacturing and qualification ecosystem built on a library of space qualified radiation hardened building blocks, which will enable the development of complete mixed-signal System on Chip (SoC) solutions at a fraction of its current cost for the next generation of space data handling and data processing units. These units, in turn, will become the core of new space missions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation and space exploration.

* ASIC: Application-Specific Integrated Circuit are tailor-made circuits for particular applications, highly favoured in miniaturised satellites.

PROMISE-based circuits

The new PROMISE-based circuits will position European space industry on the front line for the development of competitive cost-effective solutions and enable European space players to take a leading role in the new space era in the XXI century.

PROMISE consortium

The PROMISE consortium is led by Thales Alenia Space in Spain and includes top level SME ISD (Greece) and MENTA (France), key technological institutes IMEC (Belgium), IT (Portugal) and VTT (Finland) and leading satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space in France.

The PROMISE project was kicked off on January 24th 2020. And its final results will be presented to the end-user community and to the general public in a workshop planned for Q2/Q3 2024.
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