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NASA Recruits Microchip, SiFive, and RISC-V to Develop 12-Core Processor SoC for Autonomous Space Missions

By January 30, 2023January 31st, 2023No Comments

NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) has selected Microchip to design and manufacture the multi-core High Performance Spaceflight Computer (HPSC) microprocessor SoC based on eight RISC-V X280 cores from SiFive with vector-processing instruction extensions organized into two clusters, with four additional RISC-V cores added for general-purpose computing. The project’s operational goal is to develop “flight computing technology that will provide at least 100 times the computational capacity compared to current spaceflight computers.” During a talk at the recent RISC-V Summit, Pete Fiacco, a member of the HPSC Leadership Team and JPL Consultant, explained the overall HPSC program goals.


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