Xilinx and AMD released a radiation-resistant chip for the Artemis-2 program

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AMD’s subsidiary Xilinx’s programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) will be used in NASA’s Artemis-2 mission in spacecraft such as the Orion and SLS. FPGAs are customizable circuits that are suitable for unique use cases such as radiation-resistant equipment needed in space travel. AMD confirmed that its products are resistant to radiation and likely to be used in Boeing’s SLS processors. AMD acquired Xilinx in February 2022 to diversify its product line and gain a foothold in the FPGA sector, which is largely dominated by Intel. The Artemis-2 mission is set to launch in 2024 with four astronauts traveling to the moon.

Xilinx and AMD released a radiation-resistant chip for the Artemis-2 program

Chip manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announcedThat its subsidiary Xilinx’s programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) will be used in NASA spacecraft as part of the Artemis-2 mission.

Unlike central processing units (CPUs) or graphics processing units (GPUs), which are programmed to perform specific tasks before being handed over to the customer, a FPGA is a customizable circuit. This makes the chip suitable for unique use cases, such as in the Orion spacecraft and the SLS launch vehicle.

During the flight to the Moon, the ship crosses the Van Allen radiation belts, which begin at an altitude of approximately 600 km from the Earth. For everything to be successful, radiation-resistant equipment is needed.

AMD has confirmed that its products are resistant to radiation.

The company’s chips are likely to be used in Boeing’s SLS processors, which are a “triple-redundancy” system in which three computers perform individual calculations before sharing the results with each other.

In February 2022, AMD announced the completion of a deal to acquire Xilinx. AMD CEO Lisa Su said at the time that the company had previously licensed Xilinx technology and integrated it into its processor roadmap.

The deal allowed AMD to diversify its product line, primarily to gain a foothold in the FPGA sector, which is largely dominated by Intel.

Meanwhile, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the names of the four astronauts who will travel to the moon as part of Artemis-2. The launch of the mission is planned for 2024.

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