A PlayStation 1 processor reached Pluto

New-HorizonsMongoose-V is the name of the processor in New Horizons, the NASA probe that has just reached Pluto. This name will probably tell you anything, it is the spatial version of the R3000, the processor that powered the PlayStation 1, the model sold in 1994/1995.

Launched in January 2006, the probe has just flown back Pluto and unpublished photos of her who was the ninth planet of the solar system. His somewhat hardened PlayStation processor only operates 12 MHz. Any smartphone is better, but it is always brave and he just browse nearly 6.4 million kilometers. Not bad for this ancient computer!

R3000, an outdated RISC processor on earth, but to the point of the Pluto technology

Synova Mongoose 5

The American Synova has achieved a hardened version for space MIPS R3000 processor, a version called Mongoose-V.

Images sent from the vicinity of Pluto by the New Horizons probe make each media. So it took nine years for this NASA probe arrives at his goal, a dwarf planet that was downgraded from its status as the ninth planet in the solar system in 2006. This record flight is also an opportunity to measure progress in terms of microprocessors. his Mongoose-V is a hardened version for the space of the RISC processor that powered the PlayStation 1, but the model of this processor, the MIPS R3000, R2000 successor of the first RISC processor, made the beautiful hours workstations Dec and Silicon Graphics, machines which we owe the films CGI such as the Abyss, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park.
With its version clocked at 12 MHz only, against 33.8 MHz for the PlayStation, this 32-bit processor has equipped various satellites and probes NASA Earth Observing 1 which (EO-1) launched in November 2000 or the twin STEREO satellites to viewing the sun, launched in 2006.
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Source :

“NASA Missions Have Their Eyes Peeled on Pluto”, Nasa, July 9, 2015

“Did you know there are nine secret items hidden on Pluto craft New Horizons?”, Phys.org, January 12, 2015

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