The CLP bridges a gap of needs on the marketplace:
- There is currently only one radiation-hardened processor family available to the European space industry (based on the LEON) but it executes software in a non-deterministic manner and is not intended for hard real-time processing.
- DSP solution are available in the US space industry, but they are not ITAR-free.
- FPGA, which also are ITAR-sensitive, require specific in-house competences and can hardly be generic for several applications.
- There is certainly a need of a relatively simple microcontroller for space applications.