Radiation proofed Macs In Space and on Mars

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  1. srobert macrumors 68020

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    Swell ;)

    That's what is driving the 2 rovers.

    —> Link to the Whole Article <—

     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    And in about 10 years they'll get a Rad G5 up in space :D

    Scary how much of difference in processing it has to be. The Rad 750 is the next generation and it should be replacing all the 6000 soon enough.

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  3. virividox macrumors 601

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    yeah woo hooo!!! whos processor in in space!!! ehee
     
  4. IEatApples macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe there's no point with a new processor? If they changed it, they may end up with a lot of spare time.:D
    Just joking, but it's weird that they are not using the latest technology available?
     
  5. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    This is the latest technology available - the process to create radiation resistant processors follows the chip industry by several years - for a couple reasons, one of which is that there isn't a very high demand for these things, and that it requires a custom process to fabricate. Its not like you take a G5, wrap it in lead and call it Rad Proof :D

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  6. wdlove macrumors P6

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    That sounds perfectly logical to me. Demand is always the prime mover in any production capacity.

    I'm just very proud to know that we have 2 Mac's on Mars. Maybe they should get some advice from Apple to resurrect Spirit!
     
  7. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    So the next one is a G3 eh? That kinda makes me a bit sad, an unmanned spacecraft will have a processor *almost* as fast as one of mine. :D
     
  8. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    haha yeah, "hey nasa, try hitting command-option-escape? Oh, you're not using os X? Hit interrupt!"


    somehow i doubt they'd appreciate it...
     
  9. IEatApples macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe we should drink some Sprite, eat some apples and make some demands:D
    It's sad that our research and discovery in space is halted by lack of demand.

    >Thanks for the info:)
     
  10. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but they aren't really Macs.. neither they use Mac OS. It's only a chip that was used in them once.
     
  11. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020

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    There goes all the magic :D

    You realize that we knew that already don't you? ;) I posted because I thought it was interesting and related nonetheless.
     
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  13. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    True, and the article didn't even mention that the rover uses Titanium, the VERY SUBSTANCE used in my TiBook! Coooolll Maaaan!
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  14. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but reality distortion field is infinite in space because there is no gravity.. lol
     
  15. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Acually this was the predecessor of the PowerPC chips.

    Its like... the Mac's Ancestor.

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  16. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Heh, you should see some of the stuff used (and banned from use) in Formula 1 cars. Much more exotic than what's used in space, and über-expensive.
     

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