The RAD750 is a radiation-hardened single board computer, based on IBM's PowerPC 750. The successor of the RAD6000, the RAD750 is manufactured by BAE Systems. It is intended for use in high radiation environments such as experienced on board satellites and spacecraft. The RAD750 was released for purchase in 2001; a successor was planned for 2007.
The CPU has 10.4 million CMOS transistors, nearly ten times more than its predecessor. It is manufactured using 250 nm photolithography and has a die area of 130 mm². It has a core clock of 133–166 MHz and can process at up to 300 MIPS, or greater with an extended L2 cache. Its packaging and logic functions are completely compatible with the standard PowerPC 750.
The CPU itself can withstand 2,000 grays and temperature ranges between –55 °C and 125 °C. The standard RAD750 single-board system (CPU and motherboard) can withstand 1,000 grays and temperature ranges between –55 °C and 70 °C and requires at most 5 watts of power.
The RAD750 system has a price tag in excess of US$200,000; the high price is mainly due to the radiation hardening manufacturing process, stringent quality control requirements (MIL-spec), and the small quantity manufactured (integrated circuit manufacturing is optimized for large volume).
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has a RAD750 on board.
By 2010 there will be about 150 satellites run by a multitude of operators in space using RAD750 computers.