RAD750

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RAD750
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The RAD750
Produced From 2001 to Present
Designed by IBM
Common manufacturer(s)
Max. CPU clock rate 110 MHz  to 200 MHz 
Min. feature size 250 nm to 150 nm
Instruction set PowerPC v.1.1
Microarchitecture PowerPC 750
Cores 1
L1 cache 32 KB instruction + 32 KB data
Application Radiation hardened
Predecessor RAD6000

The RAD750 is a radiation-hardened single board computer manufactured by BAE Systems Electronics, Intelligence & Support.[1] The successor of the RAD6000, the RAD750 is for use in high radiation environments experienced on board satellites and spacecraft.[2] The RAD750 was released in 2001, with the first units launched into space in 2005.[1][3]

The CPU has 10.4 million transistors, nearly an order of magnitude more than the RAD6000 (which had 1.1 million).[3] It is manufactured using either 250 or 150 nm photolithography and has a die area of 130 mm2.[1] It has a core clock of 110 to 200 MHz and can process at 266 MIPS or more.[1] The CPU can include an extended L2 cache to improve performance.[3] The CPU itself can withstand 200,000 to 1,000,000 rads (2,000 to 10,000 gray), temperature ranges between –55 °C and 125 °C and requires 5 watts of power.[1][3] The standard RAD750 single-board system (CPU and motherboard) can withstand 100,000 rads (1,000 gray), temperature ranges between –55 °C and 70 °C and requires 10 watts of power.[3]

The RAD750 system has a price that is comparable to the RAD6000 which is US$200,000 per board (per 2002 reference).[4] However customer program requirements and quantities will greatly affect the final unit costs.

The RAD750 is based on the PowerPC 750.[1] Its packaging and logic functions are completely compatible with the PowerPC 7xx family.[3]

The term RAD750 is a registered trademark of BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.[5]

Deployment[edit]

In 2010 it was reported that there were over 150 RAD750s used in a variety of spacecraft.[6] Notable examples,[2] in order of launch date, include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "RAD750 radiation-hardened PowerPC microprocessor" (PDF). BAE Systems. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "RAD750". Ball Aerospace & Technologies. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f L. Burchin (2002-12-04), Rad750 experience: The challenge of SEE hardening a high performance commercial processor MRQW 2002 (PDF), Microelectronics Reliability and Qualification Workshop (Manhattan Beach, CA: BAE Systems), retrieved 2009-04-30 
  4. ^ "BAE Systems moves into third generation rad-hard processors". Military & Aerospace Electronics. 2002-05-01. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  5. ^ "RAD750". Logos Database. Retrieved February 18, 2013. "USPTO serial number 75894617" 
  6. ^ a b "BAE RAD750 Radiation-Hardened SBCs Control WorldView-1 Satellite". EDA Geek. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  7. ^ "The STEREO Mission". Springer. Retrieved January 20, 2014. "ISBN 978-0-387-09649-0" 
  8. ^ BAE Systems Space Computer Gives Wisdom To The WISE, spacedaily.com, 2009-12-22
  9. ^ "Juno Launch Press Kit". NASA. August 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ NASA Launches Most Capable and Robust Rover to Mars

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