Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

NASA To Have Access To Radiation-Hardened Pentium Chip

Date:
December 9, 1998
Source:
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Summary:
NASA and other federal agencies will soon have access to the technology for a radiation-hardened version of Intel’s Pentium chip for use in future missions.

NASA and other federal agencies will soon have access to the technology for a radiation-hardened version of Intel’s Pentium chip for use in future missions.

Intel Corp. announced today (Dec. 8) that it will provide a royalty-free license for its Pentium processor design to the Department of Energy for the development of custom-made microprocessors for space and defense purposes. The agreement provides the government with a ten-fold increase in processing power over the highest-performing currently available radiation-hardened chips. Radiation hardening is required to shield systems and applications from radiation, such as cosmic rays, which affect the reliability of conventional electronics.

"The successful development of this new chip will bring advanced computing capability to our missions in deep space where the radiation environment is much too severe for commercial devices," said Dr. Edward C. Stone, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

NASA's Deep Space Systems Technology Development Program, known as X2000, will serve as one of several Department of Energy partners to develop chip applications, in this case applications specific to future NASA missions. The program is intended to develop and deliver advanced spacecraft systems and avionics technologies to missions bound for different destinations in the solar system and beyond.

"High-performance radiation-hardened processors will enable many future space missions, both deep space and Earth-orbiting," said Dr. Leon Alkalai, head of JPL's Center for Integrated Space Microsystems, an element of the X2000 program. "This technology is cross-cutting within all of NASA's enterprises, including space science, Earth science, aeronautics, and human exploration and development of space."

In a ceremony at Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, Intel said it would license the chip design to Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Energy's lead facility for microelectronics research and development. Sandia will develop a custom radiation-hardened version of the Pentium processor for use in satellites, space vehicles and defense systems. A key goal of the agreement is the eventual transition of the technology into the commercial radiation-hardened semiconductor fabrication industry.

The Pentium processor redesign effort will involve several government agencies and laboratories that are expected to use the increased computing power for a variety of applications. JPL, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Reconnaissance Office are the initial institutions with applications for future use. Among those applications will be Earth satellites, space probes, radiation environments on Earth, missile defense and advanced military systems.

JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "NASA To Have Access To Radiation-Hardened Pentium Chip." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 December 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981209080338.htm>.
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (1998, December 9). NASA To Have Access To Radiation-Hardened Pentium Chip. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 2, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981209080338.htm
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "NASA To Have Access To Radiation-Hardened Pentium Chip." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981209080338.htm (accessed September 2, 2014).

Share This



More Space & Time News

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Raw: NASA Captures Solar Flare

Raw: NASA Captures Solar Flare

AP (Sep. 1, 2014) NASA reported the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, on August 24th. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. (Sept. 1) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Space Shuttle Discovery's Legacy, 30 Years Later

Space Shuttle Discovery's Legacy, 30 Years Later

Newsy (Aug. 30, 2014) The space shuttle Discovery launched for the very first time 30 years ago. Here's a look back at its legacy. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Experiment Tests Whether Universe Is Actually A Hologram

Experiment Tests Whether Universe Is Actually A Hologram

Newsy (Aug. 27, 2014) Researchers at Fermilab are using a device called "The Holometer" to test whether our universe is actually a 2-D hologram that just seems 3-D. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

Newsy (Aug. 23, 2014) The private spaceflight company says it is preparing a thorough investigation into Friday's mishap. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins