With chip manufacturers slowly adding more cores into their chips, one research firm has completely blown every other deca-core chip out of the water with an incredibly power-efficient 1,000-core processor.
UC Davis has developed what they’re calling, the KiloCore, a CPU which has 1,000 processing cores at its disposal. This KiloCore is incredibly handy for parallel tasks like crunching numbers, encryption, and encoding, and what makes this chip even better, is that it only consumes 0.7W of power, enough for you to run the chip from an AA battery.
“To the best of our knowledge, it is the world’s first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed in a university,” said Bevan Baas, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who led the team that designed the chip architecture.
However, don’t expect to find these chips in your latest PC build as the university had IBM manufacture the chip using a 32-nanometer process, a pretty old fashioned process. In comparison, current chips use a fairly svelte 14-nanometer process.
What this breakthrough does achieve however is the possibility of many-core processors finding their way into smaller, more mobile devices, allowing smartphones and laptops to become less sluggish.