It took 9.5 years for New Horizon satellites assigned to examine Pluto reach the farthest planet in the Milky Way galaxy. With such a heavy task, of course components used was not random. But who would have thought it one of the main components are owned PlayStation offal.
New Horizon itself was launched in 2006. This means that the manufacture of these satellites is done ahead of time before the time of its release. Which means again, components used by New Horizon definitely categorized as old as the time of assembly is done about 10 years ago.
Well, one of the important components that wear is 32 bit MIPS R3000 processor. Who would have thought, if the processor used New Horizon it turns out is the same processor used by the first-generation PlayStation game console.
But it seems that the speed of the processor used RS3000 New Horizon satellites faster than that used in the PlayStation. For information, RS3000 processor used by the PlayStation highest speed just 37.5 MHz.
The funny thing is, when compared with a standard processor when in 2005, RS3000 processor used New Horizon is far below standard. Whereas in 2005 was the golden era of Pentium D processor (dual-core) made by Intel, whose performance is highly qualified when it.
Whatever the reason, certainly a team New Horizon makers more aware. The proof, RS3000 choice is not wrong because it is able to survive without any problems during the 9.5-year journey from Earth to the planet Pluto.