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Private company launches 64bit parallel processor core

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CPU Technology Inc. is developing a family of 64bit configurable processor cores designed to be used in arrays to accommodate deeply coupled computing architectures, the company said early this week (Nov. 8). The Quintillium processor family is aimed at high-performance computing applications.

Privately-owned, CPU Technology was founded in 1989 and moved to Pleasanton in 1995. It has operated mainly as a defense contractor although it has licensed processor verification technology to IBM Corp., National Semiconductor Corp., and Texas Instruments Inc., the company claimed.

A Quintillium processor core combines a 64bit scalar engine with an eight-stride, double-precision vector floating point unit for computationally intensive applications, CPU Tech said.

"Arrays of deeply coupled Quintillium processors are ideally suited to support host processors as offload engines and task processors," said corporate VP Jeff Wolf in a statement. "With our recently announced MPACx scalable infrastructure, eight 64bit Quintillium cores can now be combined onto a single SoC."

"The ultra-low latency achieved by deeply-coupled Quintillium processors enables massive scaling with increased productivity," added CTO Alan Smith in the same statement.

A base configuration of Quintillium family processor cores offering sustained double-precision GigaFlop class performance would be available for SoC development programs in the first quarter of 2005, added CPU Tech.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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