(Lockheed Martin Federal Systems/BAE Systems)
A result of the Advanced Spaceborne Computer Module
program, the RAD6000
was based on a commercial available chip, IBM's RSC6000. Lockheed Martin
made special (proprietary) modifications to harden the chip against radiation.
The 32-bit chip
is able to process 35 million instructions per second (MIPS
while saving volume and energy. Pre-1990 space crafts were driven by a 16-bit
processor (3 MIPS).
NASA gave the RAD6000 processor its first flight in the Mars Pathfinder
in which the chip was integrated with memory and drivers on one plug-in
It's successor is the RAD750