- NASA has decided to renew the CPUs in their systems by cooperating with a chip design company, Microchip.
- As current systems are based on 30-year-old technology, Microchip’s chip will deliver at least 100x of computing power.
- The new chip’s design will take three years to complete and NASA’s contract with the company is set at $50 million.
Space discovery is not an easy task to accomplish since it comes with very specific problems that we do not face on the earth, thanks to the atmosphere and ozone layer. We simply cannot use our consumer or enterprise-grade electronics there, they will be destroyed by the radiation in space. The chips that will see the space must be specifically developed to endure those radiations. This is why NASA is using very, very outdated computing chips.
High-Performance Spaceflight Computing
NASA is now in a partnership with Microchip Technology to develop their space-durable chips. Those chips are called High-Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC) and Microchip’s new chips reportedly deliver at least 100x performance of the old ones that are being currently used on NASA’s equipment. The old ones are said to be developed almost 30 years ago.
The 30-year-old chip design company, Microchip, is going to design new chips that are capable of living in space. The deadline for this project is three years from now and the company receives $50 million for the project. The chip that will be designed by Microchip will be able to shut down some of its functions to save energy.
In addition to the space environment, NASA states that the processor might be useful in mission-critical computing systems here.