Bangalore chips in for new Intel chip

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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Intel, has developed the prototype of its latest supercomputer-like microprocessor and key memory and power control modules at its offices in Bangalore reported a national daily.

Head of India research labs, Vittal Kini, who spearheaded the project said that the engineers at the India development centre focused on developing actual circuit design and control logic for power and memory, he added. The prototype was developed using the design blueprint put together by the Intel engineers at the company's Oregon office.

The prototype which was unveiled in San Francisco recently, is capable of executing a trillion complex calculations a second (called teraflop in chip industry lingo), puts together 80 'cores', or individual processors, on a single platform that will deliver 20 times more processing power than the current crop of dual and quad-core processors. It will form the basis for chips that could be used in servers, even desktop computers, by 2012.

The new processor, when ready, could reduce the number of servers and processors required to run large networks, and cope with data-heavy applications such as multimedia messaging, video search, even online software services. The prototype will have to overcome several challenges before it becomes a reality by 2012.

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