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NASA Announces Development of Next-Generation Space Computing (HPSC) Chip with 100x Performance Increase

08/18/2022 NASA, aerospace computing chips, HPSC, Microchip, HPSC chips

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  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that it will work with Microchip Semiconductor to design the next-generation high-performance aerospace computing (HPSC) chip, claiming that the computing performance will be 100 times that of the current aerospace computing chip.


  NASA says this critical capability will advance all types of future space missions, from planetary exploration to missions to the moon and Mars.


  Microchip will build, design and deliver the HPSC chip within three years, with the goal of flying on future lunar and planetary exploration missions. Microchip's chip architecture will make computing power scalable according to task needs, thereby increasing the overall computing efficiency of the task. The design will also be more reliable and more fault tolerant.


  According to NASA, the chip will make spacecraft computers 100 times faster than today's most advanced spacecraft computers. As part of NASA's ongoing commercial collaboration efforts, the parties entered into a fixed-price contract worth $50 million, with Microchip providing substantial research and development costs to complete the project.


  Wesley Powell, NASA's chief technologist for advanced avionics, said their current spacecraft computers were developed nearly 30 years ago, and while they have performed well on past missions, future NASA missions will require significant increases in onboard computing power and reliability. sex.


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