NASA’s new Mars rover has a similar processor as an iMac from 1998


NASA’s brand-new Perseverance rover is the most progressive machine that is at any point arrived on Mars. However, with regards to meanderers, “state of the art” is an subjective term. Perseverance is running on in all honesty a PowerPC 750, a solitary center, 233MHz processor with only 6 million semiconductors that is generally acclaimed for powering the original “Bondi blue” iMac from 1998. It’s the very kind of processor that NASA as of now utilizes in its Curiosity rover.

That may appear to be a loss to a few. All things considered, even with the trouble of purchasing computer parts nowadays, unquestionably NASA might have discovered the budget for something like Intel’s $500 Core i9-10900K CPU (with 10 centers and a maximum clock speed of 5.3GHz) some place in the $2.7 billion expense of Perseverance. In any case, as New Scientist clarifies, a particularly progressed chip is really a burden to the unique operating conditions of Mars.

That is to a great extent since Mars’ atmosphere offers definitely less assurance from hurtful radiation and charged particles than Earth’s air. An awful eruption of radiation can severely wreck the touchy gadgets of an advanced processor — and the more intricate the chip, the more can turn out badly. In addition, at 138 million miles away, dislike NASA can simply trade out the processor if things go sideways. In light of those conditions, Perseverance really includes two figuring modules: one is a reinforcement simply in the event that something turns out badly. (A third duplicate of the module is additionally ready for picture analysis.)

To make the framework much more sturdy, the PowerPC 750 chip in Perseverance is somewhat unique in relation to the one in the old iMacs. It’s in fact a RAD750 chip, an uncommon variation that is solidified against radiation and expenses upwards of $200,000. The chip is mainstream for space apparatus, as well: notwithstanding Perseverance and Curiosity, it additionally controls the Fermi Space Telescope, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Deep Impact comet-chasing shuttle, and the Kepler telescope, among others.

While the system might be feeble contrasted with a cutting edge cell phone or gaming PC, NASA’s spec sheet for Perseverance noticed that it’s definitely more remarkable than prior wanderers like Spirit or Opportunity: its 200MHz clock speed is multiple times quicker than those more established meanderers, and with 2GB of glimmer memory, it offers multiple times the capacity. (Balancing things, Perseverance likewise has 256MB of RAM on the off chance that you were hoping to assemble your own meanderer.)

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