NASA’s new space computer is powered by a custom RISC-V processor

NASA’s new High-Performance Spaceflight Computer (HPSC) will be powered by a custom RISC-V-based processor, it has been revealed.

The product of a collaboration between SiFive and Microchip, the chip will feature twelve RISC-V cores and is expected to provide 100x the performance of the BAE RAD750, the CPU used by NASA in previous missions.