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RISC-V to Launch into Space | James Morra, Electronic Design Magazine

By September 8, 2022September 10th, 2022No Comments

SiFive, a startup developing IP based on the RISC-V architecture, said NASA has selected it to supply the core CPU for the agency’s next high-performance spaceflight processor, a big win for the emerging instruction set.

While SiFive will supply RISC-V CPU cores for the program, the space agency inked U.S.-based Microchip Technology to a $50 million contract to create the full high-performance spaceflight computer (HPSC). The chip is being designed for high-profile missions, including spacecraft for planetary exploration and future manned missions to the Moon and Mars. Microchip said that it will take three years to finish the work.

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