NASA has commissioned the development of new processors for space missions for the first time in 30 years, which will be 100 times more powerful than the predecessors

NASA has commissioned the development of new processors for space missions for the first time in 30

The processors for space missions must first be reliable and then fast, but as reliable as the current processors for NASA space computers are, they are morally obsolete because they were developed 30 years ago, so NASA commissioned the development of the next generation of processors for spacecraft that would be 100 times more productive than the predecessors.

The contract for the development of a high-performance space mission processor, NASA, has been awarded to Microsoft Technology from Arizona, a world-renowned manufacturer of microcontrollers with a wealth of experience. The new solution is likely to be a unicameral computer, because there is an intention to create a related ecosystem.

According to Wesley Powell, NASA's main technology for advanced avionics, it is high time for the Agency to review its space computers:

As we go forward, it's not clear at this point whether the new NASA processor will be able to pull up with modern desktop chips, as mentioned, it's the reliability of the chip that matters, not its performance.