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[TR] NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: Apple PowerBook specs on wheels

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It's a bit sturdier than the average Apple product, but the Curiosity rover that touched down on Mars on Monday is powered by the same processor family used in Apple's 1997 PowerBook G3 laptop.

For its nuclear-powered life-hunting tank, NASA chose a 200MHz PowerPC 750 CPU specifically hardened to withstand radiation and space flight.

It may not sound like much to a user of modern laptops (today's MacBooks feature 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processors) or even an owner of a smartphone with a 1GHz dual-core CPU - but it's a significant power boost from the 20MHz IBM RAD6000 chips used in previous Mars explorers Spirit and Opportunity. The PowerBook G3 used a 233MHz IBM-Motorola PowerPC 740/750 processor.



The most expensive Apple computer ever, and that means something!

EDIT: To clear some stuff up, the article was trying to say that they could be doing the research with old hardware and to tell what was doing it. They say it is powered by the same CPU in the 1997 Powerbook so people can understand what it is much easier. Imagine saying it is some CPU you never heard of. Well you can't relate to it so easily. So they used the laptop as something to grasp on to.

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Edited by hour1702 - 8/9/12 at 2:02pm
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Wow! 999465546% markup on that! Their marketing department is getting better by the day! rolleyes.gif
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In fact everyone in the Jet Propulsion Lab in California use Macbook Pros.
 
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Unless I missed something what does this have to do with apple?
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Unless I missed something what does this have to do with apple?

Curiosity is pretty much exactly the same computer as an Apple laptop from 1997.
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patent law suit! get em!
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Unless I missed something what does this have to do with apple?

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Curiosity is pretty much exactly the same computer as an Apple laptop from 1997.

This^^ - They are basically saying, even though the processor used in not that fast it is 10x faster than any processor previously used to travel to Mars. This one happens to be the same processor that was in the Apple's 1997 PowerBook G3 laptop, just... radiation proof. Help to read the article a bit

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I am amazed that they could get all that functionality out of such an old CPU.

I love NASA.

For the science!
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Isn't PowerPC an IBM uArch anyways?
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I read the article a dozen times, and there's nothing having to do with apple in it.
It's a motorola processor, that apple had at one time used in their powerbook.
That's like saying if it were a P3 and them crediting Dell.
It has absolutely nothing to do with apple.
I know mods don't have very good reading comprehension it's ok /pat head.

Just read it three times, and I agree!

What moron wrote that article?
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