Congratulations to NASA for landing its latest Rover successfully on the surface of Mars.
I found this bit of info on Twitter today, but the Rover runs on a 200 MHz PowerPC CPU. I found it fascinating for those of us who still get a bit of use out of our old PowerPC tech. So does NASA, apparently.
Read more here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/spacecraft/rover/brains/
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Yup, the good old RAD750 – radiation hardened equivalent of G3. I wrote about if after the mission started. http://vivapowerpc.eu/20200730-1400_G3_goes_to_Mars
Yes, I remember that article now – it was a fun read.
Apparently, while it does operate a lot differently than how we use our computers, it does work quite well capturing video, images, and audio (?) on limited per 2021 standards specs.
I love the second brain too.