Saturday June 18, 2016

World’s First 1,000-Processor Chip

A UC Davis team has created a microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors. One of its main strengths is power efficiency; 115 billion instructions can be executed per second while using only 0.7 watts.

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"To the best of our knowledge, it is the world’s first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed in a university," said Bevan Baas, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who led the team that designed the chip architecture. While other multiple-processor chips have been created, none exceed about 300 processors, according to an analysis by Baas’ team. Most were created for research purposes and few are sold commercially. The KiloCore chip was fabricated by IBM using their 32 nm CMOS technology.