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New smartphone co-processor sports 64 cores of awesome

News by Dan Seifert on Monday October 03, 2011.

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A new processor developed by Adapteva promises to greatly increase the computing power of smartphones and tablets. The 64-core processor is designed to work in conjunction with current processors to boost performance in high-demand situations such as facial and gesture recognition.

Adapteva's new Epiphany IV processor provides 70 gigaflops of performance while using only one watt of power. For comparison, the dual-core A5 processor found in the iPad provides 1.5 gigaflops of power. The Epiphany IV chip cannot work on its own, though, as it is not a System-on-Chip (SoC) design that can contain a full operating system, like the A5 or NVIDIA's Kal-El processors. Instead, it will need to be paired with an existing processor in order to work its magic.

The Epiphany IV processor will be built on the 28nm production process. The reference design for the 64-core unit is expected to be released in early 2012. Adapteva is currently courting mobile device manufacturers to get them to use it in their products. [PC World via Gizmodo]

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