back to article Hey, what kind of silicon may power next-gen space probes? We hope your answer includes 'AI acceleration'

Xilinx today launched what it claims is the world's first space-grade 20nm FPGA designed to run tiny machine-learning models within satellites and spacecraft, as well as other tasks. The Radiation Tolerant Kintex UltraScale XQRKU060 chip, manufactured by TSMC, is the latest addition to Xilinx's family of space-safe hardware. …

  1. Mike Shepherd
    Meh

    Tough

    "...4,000 hours non-stop at 125 Celsius..., withstanding...80 MeV of radiation energy per centimetre square..."

    But can it survive being in a kid's video console?

  2. ST Silver badge
    Devil

    Yes, but is it self-aware?

    Also: can it recognize cat pictures?

  3. HildyJ Silver badge
    Devil

    Just what science needs

    I hope the boffins won't be too displeased when it artificially enhances Jupiter's red spot to show it's actually an asshole with hemorrhoids; just before deciding to change and dive into to get a better view.

  4. tonybarry
    Paris Hilton

    How much does it cost in unit lots ??

    There are some things which - if you have to ask the price - are too expensive for you. Space-rated electronics would be one of these things; a PowerPC RAD 750 by BAE is supposedly north of 200k USD, and that's for one processor chip that runs at about 200MHz and has a transistor count of 10.9M done on 250nm silicon.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAD750

    So ... how much for the Xilinx FPGA ? Icon of Paris crying because she can't afford one either.

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