What was the processing power of the first manned mission to the moon compared to today's computer processors?
The Apollo flight guidance computer (AGC) was the first computer to use integrated circuits.
At the time, most of the integrated circuits in the world went to the Apollo flight computer and the Minuteman missile guidance computer.
The AGC had 2 kibiwords of RAM and 36 kibiwords of ROM. (This was long before hard disk drives were invented). Both kinds of memory had a cycle time of about 11 microseconds, and a word width of 16 bits.
Many of today's desktop computers have DRAM chips with a cycle time of much less than 50 ns, packaged on a 72 bit word width card holding over 2 Gibibytes of RAM -- much more than 200 times faster and 500 000 times as much capacity.
The AGC was controlled by a 2.048 MHz crystal clock.
Many of today's desktop computers have a CPU that runs at 2 GHz or more, 1000 times as fast as the AGC.
The Apollo manned moon missions included two CPUs, one AGC in the command module and another AGC in the lunar module.
I once heard a rumour that a "Sega Saturn" would have all the computing power needed to rival the Apollo comuters of the time, (including the ones needed on earth in ground control) oh how we have moved on
go to HQ. then click on top secret. then click on mission 7. WHEN... click on the spy phone.click to town.then go to the kitchen in your house. make some tea.come back to your computer and throw the cup of tea to it.do it three times.then click on the X at the right top of window and throw computer out of window. The computer should be destroyed and you can't...
Go to the everyday phoning facility and become an part of the Elite Penguin Force. Once you are, enter the EPF Command Room and go up the tube transporter. You will then be in a room where you can view previous HQ's from the past years and a computer. Click on the computer and choose a mission. Hope this helps! -Jonah