Buick Regal's 128MHz Processor Can Take the Heat



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128MHz is still faster than what NASA uses in space probes. Of course, those have to be radation hardened too.


Keith E. Whisman

Processors on space probes have to be cool running because there are limited ways to cool a hot processor in space, there is no air to whisk the heat away. 


Keith E. Whisman

I remember when 128Mhz was a fantasy that seemed a life time away. Then people said 500mhz was impossible because of the heat generated and so on and so forth. 

The problem with engine computers is that when they glitch you may end up with a sports car that instantly accelerates to 250MPH and wont slow down like the Toyotas did.



is this marketing hype? sure.

but is it a real accomplishment? yup. Compare this to the eprom chip in my first car, a 1985 Pontiac Fiero and it's as much a quantum leap as an ipod touch is over a 4 mb digital river MP3 player with a monochrome LCD plate. and realistically, when it comes to the number of sensors and adjustments in an internal combustion engine, even 128 mghz is possibly overkill. but 3 whole megs of storage space for profiles, data, and tables comparisons? that's a marked improvement from a few Kb



I'm finding it really funny that this is getting a lot of attention for some reason, on the basis of its environmental tolerances. And if my coworker has taught me anything, usually that means it's all marketing fluff.

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