So you think you quad-core processor is fast, well think again cuz the semiconductor company Tilera promises to pack 100 cores into a processor that can be used in applications that require heavy computing power (think Darth Vader level Poowwweerr) for aps like video conferencing, wireless base stations and networking. By comparison, Intel’s latest chips are expected to have just eight cores.
The Tilera 100-core processor, fabricated using 40-nanometer technology, is expected to be available early 2010.
“This is a general-purpose chip that can run off-the-shelf programs almost unmodified,” says Anant Agarwal, chief technical officer of Tilera. “We can do that while offering at least four times the compute performance of an Intel Nehalem-Ex, while burning a third of the power as a Nehalem.”
In a bid to beat Moore’s law (which states number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years), chip makers are trying to either increase clock speed or add more cores to a processor.
“You can’t just keep increasing the clock speed so the only way to expand processor power is to increase the number of cores, which is what everyone is trying to do now,” says Will Strauss, principal analyst with research and consulting firm Forward Concepts. “It’s the direction of the future.”
In fact, Intel’s research labs are already working on a similar idea. Last year, Intel showed a prototype of a 80-core processor. The company has promised to bring that to consumers in about five years.
The real question is not speed, but how much does that speed cost? 100 core processor for under $500 – maybe then I would buy it.
“If I were building a Gaming Supercomputer, then I might spend $1000 for a CPU!”, said iw84n0b0dy – my gamer friend.