Mars rovers use Power PC chips!

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  1. Chisholm macrumors regular

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    I'm sitting here watching TechTV and they're interviewing folks at the JPL about the rovers. Seems that the rovers are powered by a 20mhz Power PC chips. Cool!
     
  2. alphaone macrumors 6502

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    Actually they're wrong. The rovers have 25Mhz PPC processors (Not that it's that big of a difference). http://www.iews.na.baesystems.com/space/rad6000/rad6000_sbsc.html Most spacecraft use some sort of PPC processor. It's a very common thing.

    The TSS guys know a lot about tech but they don't know jack about space stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love the show, but it felt kinda weird watching them act like they knew stuff about space and space travel.
     
  3. Chisholm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the correction. Yeah its a great show in general, but you can certainly tell when they get out of their realm of knowledge. I think it would be cool if they did a special 26 hour show on the X Prize showing each of the teams.
     
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    oops... here is the jpeg
     

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  6. alphaone macrumors 6502

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    Alright. It's not exactly a PPC chip but it's really close to being one. It's based (or are PPC's based off of it?) off of the PPC architecture.

    Predecessor to PPC=Basically PPC
     
  7. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

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    PowerPC is based on POWER

    RAD6000 is POWER
    RAD750 is PowerPC

    Remember the Mars Pathfinder mission? That used the RAD6000 as well, but for the base, not the rover portion. I think the rover portion used an Intel based CPU, instead of the IBM based CPU.

    I guess we should just say that "Its close enough for government work." :D
     

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