The RAD750 is a radiation-hardened single board computer manufactured by BAE Systems Electronics, Intelligence & Support. The successor of the RAD6000, the RAD750 is for use in high radiation environments experienced on board satellites and spacecraft. The RAD750 was released in 2001, with the first units launched into space in 2005.
|Max. CPU clock rate||110 MHz to 200 MHz|
|L1 cache||32 KB instruction + 32 KB data|
|Architecture and classification|
|Min. feature size||250 nm to 150 nm|
|Instruction set||PowerPC v.1.1|
|POWER, PowerPC, and Power ISA architectures|
|Freescale (formerly Motorola)|
|Cancelled in gray, historic in italic|
The CPU has 10.4 million transistors, an order of magnitude more than the RAD6000 (which had 1.1 million). It is manufactured using either 250 or 150 nm photolithography and has a die area of 130 mm2. It has a core clock of 110 to 200 MHz and can process at 266 MIPS or more. The CPU can include an extended L2 cache to improve performance. 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. 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.
The RAD750 system has a price that is comparable to the RAD6000 which is US$200,000 per board (per 2002 reference). However customer program requirements and quantities will greatly affect the final unit costs.
- Deep Impact comet chasing spacecraft, launched in January 2005 - first to use the RAD750 computer.
- XSS 11, small experimental satellite, launched April 11, 2005
- Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched August 12, 2005
- SECCHI (Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation) instrument package on each of the STEREO spacecraft, launched October 25, 2006
- WorldView-1 satellite, launched Sept 18, 2007 - has two RAD750s.
- Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, launched June 11, 2008
- Kepler space telescope, launched in March 2009
- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched on 18 June 2009
- Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) launched 14 December 2009
- Solar Dynamics Observatory, launched Feb 11, 2010
- Juno spacecraft, launched August 5, 2011
- Curiosity rover, launched November 26, 2011
- Van Allen Probes, launched on August 30, 2012
- InSight, launched on May 5, 2018
- Mars 2020 rover, to be launched 17 July 2020.
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USPTO serial number 75894617
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