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Space Missions Rely on Xilinx FPGA for Success

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Oct 7, 2015 1:43:42 PM

buy_xilinx_fpga     Mars has been in the news for the past couple of months.

     A couple of weeks back, the Mars Curiosity Rover detected water on the planet. This was exciting news for those who supported a human colony on Mars.

     The presence of water meant that human survival on the planet was possible, giving further credence to the fictional movie that was just released. The Martian, starring Matt Damon, opened up to positive revews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an overall rating of 93%. The story follows the life of an astronaut as he tries to survive on Mars.

     The equipment used on space missions relies on high-grade FPGA. For the mission to be successful, the FPGA must meet two requirements.

     For example, Xilinx FPGA were selected for the Mars Spirit Rover. The Xilinx Virtex FPGA were radiation-tolerant. And they were reprogrammable so they could accept design changes and updates even after the rover had landed.

     Xilinx FPGA are also used in the Curiosity mission, the Mars Reconnasissance Orbiter, and the Mars Science Lab.

     The Martian takes place in 2035. To provide a realistic representation of graphics in 2035, the filmmakers relied on the creative agency, Territory Studio for clean-cut, sophisticated visual effects, specifically the on-screen displays at the NASA station.

     Territory Studio is also responsible for the visual effects in Prometheus (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

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