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Starlink user end dismantling found that the chip supplier also supplied Apple

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2020/11/26 23:30:45     readed:1054

The consumer terminal dismantling of SpaceX company Starlink internet constellation found it sharing chip suppliers with apple.The terminal, dishy mcflatface, is used to connect users to Starlink satellites in orbit, which then forward user data to SpaceX's ground station to communicate with Internet servers.


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Kenneth Keiter analysis video on the YouTube shows that these terminals have their own application processors and radio front-end units, both of which are made from Italian semiconductors, which are also orientedAppleCompany offersiPhoneandiPadIt is famous for its components. Kenneth Keiter said the two chips were designed to run satellite antenna software and enable its antenna to generate the right signals to communicate with orbiting satellites. The Italian Semiconductor introduced MPU microprocessors in 2019, based on a 32-bit Arm Cortex A series of kernels, using a Cortex M4 kernel designed for digital signal control applications.

At present, Italian semiconductor has listed 12 MPUs based on the core for sale. There are two choices of single core and dual core, with the frequency of 800MHz and 650MHz. Among these 12 models, SpaceX is likely to use stm32mp151a / C or stm32mp153a / C derivatives. The difference between mp153 and mp151 series is that the former adopts can FD (controller area network flexible data rate) data communication protocol. As can FD is developed for automobiles and is mainly used in automobiles, SpaceX is likely to use the customized version of mp151 series for SpaceX.

An insider was quoted as sharing details of the SpaceX's agreement with Italian-French semiconductor manufacturers. According to the details, The company may have paid up to $2.4 billion to terminal manufacturers, Used to manufacture 1 million user terminals. According to insiders, The end user terminal unit price has been set at around $2400, If it's true, So SpaceX LLC (SpaceX's Starlink subsidiary) wants positive bottom-line profits, It will take quite a long time. SpaceX company's losses due to these terminals will be accounted for through the company's operating profits generated through the service. Elon Musk said in May that, The cost of launching a batch of 60 satellites is about $15 million.

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