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NASA Taps Microchip Technology to Develop Next Gen Spaceflight Computing Processor

NASA Taps Microchip Technology to Develop Next Gen Spaceflight Computing Processor - top government contractors - best government contracting event

NASA has selected Microchip Technology, a Chandler, Arizona-headquartered semiconductor manufacturer, to develop a high-performance spaceflight computing processor for the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory under a $50 million firm-fixed-price contract.

Microchip Technology will design and build the HPSC processor over three years to boost the computational capacity of existing spaceflight computers in support of future lunar and planetary exploration missions, NASA said Tuesday.

The agency expects the HPSC processor to enable spacecraft computers to perform calculations up to 100 times faster to meet future missions’ operational and computing requirements.

Babak Samimi, corporate vice president for Microchip’s communications business unit, said the platform will provide comprehensive Ethernet networking, advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning processing and connectivity support.

The contract is part of NASA’s High-Performance Space Computing project managed by JPL in Pasadena, California.

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Written by Naomi Cooper

is a full-time writer for ArchIntel, a division of Executive Mosaic, and a contributor for ExecutiveBiz. She covers emerging technologies, technology innovation, contract awards, partnerships and market expansion stories in the government contracting industry.

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