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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by srobert, Jan 28, 2004.
That's what is driving the 2 rovers.
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And in about 10 years they'll get a Rad G5 up in space
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.
yeah woo hooo!!! whos processor in in space!!! ehee
Maybe there's no point with a new processor? If they changed it, they may end up with a lot of spare time.
Just joking, but it's weird that they are not using the latest technology available?
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
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!
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.
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...
Maybe we should drink some Sprite, eat some apples and make some demands
It's sad that our research and discovery in space is halted by lack of demand.
>Thanks for the info
Yes but they aren't really Macs.. neither they use Mac OS. It's only a chip that was used in them once.
There goes all the magic
You realize that we knew that already don't you? I posted because I thought it was interesting and related nonetheless.
Yeah, stop ruining everything, you ruiner!
True, and the article didn't even mention that the rover uses Titanium, the VERY SUBSTANCE used in my TiBook! Coooolll Maaaan!
Yeah but reality distortion field is infinite in space because there is no gravity.. lol
Acually this was the predecessor of the PowerPC chips.
Its like... the Mac's Ancestor.
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.