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Use of transputers in instrument control systems
Author(s): Ian G. van Breda; Graham M. Newton; Andrew N. Johnson; Nicholas R. Waltham
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Paper Abstract

The Transputer is a powerful reduced instruction set microprocessor designed for parallel processing machines. It has excellent communication capabilities and requires little by way of support electronics. This makes it suitable in telescope and satellite control systems for both complex functions, such as image handling, and simple functions, such as motor control. We discuss some of the architectural implications in using Transputers as the basis for an integrated parallel processing engine for instrument and telescope control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19107
Show Author Affiliations
Ian G. van Breda, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Graham M. Newton, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Andrew N. Johnson, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Nicholas R. Waltham, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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