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Intel unveils futuristic chip in India

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publive-imageBANGALORE, INDIA: Chip maker Intel demonstrated on Wednesday an experimental, 48-core Intel processor, or “single-chip cloud computer,” that rethinks many of the approaches used in today’s designs for laptops, PCs and servers.

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Intel said the engineers of is R&D lab in Bangalore have contributed significantly in the development of the concept version of 48 core Intel processor, prototype designed as a concept vehicle for parallel software research.

The chip maker said the chip contains the most Intel Architecture (IA) computing engines integrated on a silicon CPU chip - 48 cores - while consuming only as much electricity as two standard household light bulbs.

Speaking on occasion, Vasantha Erraguntla, senior engineering manager, Intel Labs India said the single-chip cloud computer was designed as a concept vehicle for parallel software research.

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“We believe this is an ideal research platform to help accelerate many-core software research and advanced development. Coming on the heels of the successful 80-core Teraflop processor, we knew we had to get this one right on the first go,” said Erraguntla.

“The belief of the global team in our capabilities and the dedication displayed by the team at the Bangalore labs enabled us to build this research prototype successfully and take us yet another step forward in the Tera-scale journey,” she added.

It was co-created by Intel Labs at its Bangalore (India), Braunschweig (Germany) and Hillsboro, Ore. (U.S.) research centers.

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Researchers in India led the circuit/physical design of the IA core, memory controller logic and the mesh interconnect network. This included implementing synthesis/custom circuits on Intel’s 45nm process technology, validating the functionality and performance verification of the design, said a press release.

Intel said the critical logic and physical design expertise of the team allowed Intel labs to build a full microprocessor quickly without the need to iterate through the full fabrication process multiple times, as is typical for microprocessor products.

Earlier this month Intel had demonstrated the futuristic chip in the USA. The long-term research goal is to add incredible scaling features to future computers that spur entirely new software applications and human-machine interfaces, said Intel.

The company plans to engage industry and academia next year by sharing 100 or more of these experimental chips for hands-on research in developing new software applications and programming models.

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