Wednesday August 24, 2016

Microsoft Details Its 24-Core 'Holographic Processor'

Microsoft's 24-core holographic processor sounds pretty impressive on paper. It will be interesting to see how well it performs under real-world usage. I don't know about you but I am extremely excited about HoloLens and augmented reality in general.

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The HoloLens’ HPU is a custom 28nm coprocessor designed by TSMC, The Register reports. The chip packs 24 Tensilica digital signal processor (DSP) cores. As opposed to more general-purpose CPU cores, DSPs are a specialized technology designed for rapidly processing data flowing in from the worldآ—a no doubt invaluable asset while rendering augmented reality environments in real time. Microsoft’s HPU also contains roughly 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SDRAM, and 1GB of traditional DDR3 RAM. It draws less than 10W of power, and features PCIe and standard serial interfaces.