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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:00

Tegra 3 to be used in moon rover

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One giant leap for fanboys


A team of boffins is planning to use Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chips in an experimental lunar rover that will should allow it to snatch Google’s $30 million Lunar X-Prize.

Synergy Moon is working on a couple for designs with scientist Martin Peniak, who helped develop the Mars Rover Simulator. The rover will be autonomous and it will be programmed using Nvidia’s CUDA technology.

The Tesla Surveyor design is rather straightforward affair, with a compact spherical body and two high definition cameras for stereoscopic vision, just to make sure it doesn’t bump into Alan Shepard’s golf club. The Tesla Prospector is a somewhat larger, more traditional design that takes its cue from previous lunar rovers.

In addition, the Prospector will deploy several “microbots” that will carry out specialized scientific and artistic projects.

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+4 #1 fusionssl 2011-12-13 10:24
the way its meant to be driven
 
 
-17 #2 Roc 2011-12-13 13:05
Oh great. That thing will be dead silicon in no time rendering it pretty much useless......just like all the dead nvidia card that I've owned.
 
 
0 #3 fusionssl 2011-12-13 14:32
Quoting Roc:
Oh great. That thing will be dead silicon in no time rendering it pretty much useless......just like all the dead nvidia card that I've owned.


i have had ATi cards die on me and Nvidia but less Nvidia
luck of the draw
 
 
+2 #4 The blue fox 2011-12-13 22:53
Quoting Roc:
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I have both ATI and Nvidia card's And the failure rate is around the same.
And the only reason they fail is due to heat wreaking the solder joints.
 
 
0 #5 yourma2000 2011-12-13 23:35
I used to think Nvidia were competitive, then I took an arrow to the knee.
 
 
0 #6 dew111 2011-12-14 00:01
I hope they shield it well. The moon is outside of the Earth's magnetosphere. Spacecraft traditionally have very expensive IC's made on Silicon on Sapphire (SOS) wafers for radiation hardening. There's nothing worse than getting your robot to the moon only for it to fail because of radiation-induced bit errors.

If they do shield it properly, this will give them a very powerful platform. Spacecraft usually have antiquated CPU architectures because SOS process technology doesn't keep up with silicon processes.
 
 
0 #7 CJG 2011-12-15 02:39
Nvidia is awsome!! Im still running a 680i mb with a q6600 clocked at 3.8 It has been running now since the 1st week new egg sold q6600 and before that the board was running a p4d at 4.8!cpu score on 3dmark vantage is 54,000 points still putting my q6600 in range of 6 core i7!! liquid cooled oced since day one!! i liquid cool all my gpus and i have never had one fail yet!! if u want to play u have to pay...and best part about nvidea is that thay opened up ocing to the masses which is why intel shut them down.Nvidea has been hurting ever since!Intel is the only reason ATI had a chance to catch up!!
 
 
0 #8 Cartman 2011-12-20 13:26
Funny thing Company with logo of Eye is using their chip in moon rover ...

The eye the moon , the sun , the stars...
 

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