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April 04, 2006

Other tech: Kilocore chip, one thousand cores and low power usage

Rapport is working with IBM to deliver chips in 2007 with 1000 Power PC microprocessors. The technology, known as Kilocore, will initially be aimed at portable applications like digital video delivered to cellphones. Rapport created a chip with 256 computing elements that can be configured on the fly to adapt to different software problems. A follow-on version of the chip will have more than 1,000 computing elements and will contain a version of I.B.M.'s Power PC microprocessor. The new Rapport chip will convert 30 frames a second while consuming only 100 milliwatts, about one-fifth the power of an Arm 7 system.

Previously noted on this site is a plan for a 1,000 processor workstation for faster simulations

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