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  • Intel talking about its TFLOPS chip

    Intel has started talking a little more about its 80 core chip ahead of this week's ISSCC in San Francisco. The AP also has some pretty good coverage of this story from Sunday.

    Highlights? 1.01 TFLOPS, 62 Watts, 1 chip, 80 cores, 3.16 GHz. Interesting über-hype quote from both stories:

    A similarly powerful supercomputer in 1996 at Sandia National Laboratories took up more than 2,000 square feet, used nearly 10,000 Pentium Pro processors, and consumed more than 500 kilowatts of electricity.

    This comparison is probably unfair because the cores are much simpler than those on current chips (from the AP):

    The research chip has 100 million transistors on it, about one-third the number on Intel's current line of chips.

    But, as Intel's press release points out, the company has no plans to bring this chip to market as is.

    However, the company's Tera-scale research is instrumental in investigating new innovations in individual or specialized processor or core functions, the types of chip-to-chip and chip-to-computer interconnects required to best move data and most importantly, how software will need to be designed to best leverage multiple processor cores. This Teraflop research chip offered specific insights in new silicon design methodologies, high-bandwidth interconnects and energy management approaches.