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RTX 2010
General information
Launched1988; 34 years ago (1988)
Common manufacturer(s)
Max. CPU clock rate8 MHz
Data width8 and 16
Address width20

The RTX2010 manufactured by Intersil is a radiation hardened stack machine microprocessor which has been used in numerous spacecraft.


It is a two-stack machine, each stack 256 words deep, that supports direct execution of Forth. Subroutine calls and returns only take one processor cycle and it also has a very low and consistent interrupt latency of only four processor cycles, which lends it well to realtime applications.


In 1983, Chuck Moore implemented a processor for his programming language Forth as a gate array. As Forth can be considered a dual stack virtual machine, he made the processor, Novix N4000, as a dual-stack machine. In 1988, an improved processor was sold to Harris Semiconductor, who marketed it for space applications as the RTX2000.[1]

Example spacecraft that use the RTX2010[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "HS-RTX2010RH". Intersil. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2009-02-11. Intersil's product page.
  • "HS-RTX2010RH Data Sheet" (PDF). Intersil. March 2000. 3961.3.
  1. ^ US Expired 5070451A, Moore, Charles H. & Murphy, Robert W., "Forth specific language microprocessor", issued 1991-12-03, assigned to Intersil