Intel India Research contributes to "Tera era"

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BANGALORE: A group of 20 engineers at the Intel India Development Center (IIDC) along with their counterparts at the Intel center in Oregon, USA were responsible in the development of the world’s first 80 core teraflop processor.


Intel executives today said Indian engineers contributed about 50 per cent of the work in terms of logic, circuit and physical design. The processor, which is in the prototype stage, delivers supercomputer like teraflops of performance from a single, 80 core processor while consuming a mere 62 watts of electricity.

Intel veteran of 15 years, Vasantha Erraguntla, who is the engineering manager, Bangalore design lab, led the team in India. The design team is part of the Corporate Technology Group at Intel that was started in Bangalore in June 2004.

The Group – led by Vittal Kini - looks after silicon circuit research and systems technologies.


Intel has no plans of shipping the tera chip to market but hopes that the findings from this successful research would be instrumental in investigating new innovations in individual or specialized processor or core functions.

“The learning from this research will eventually go into products in the 5-10 year time-frame,” said Erraguntla.

The company expects Tera-scale performance to play an important role in future computers by powering applications like education, high-definition entertainment, multimedia data mining, real-time speech recognition and artificial intelligence.

Intel India Development Center currently houses 3000 engineers and is the company’s second largest R&D site globally outside the US.

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