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Processor touts 16 embedded cores

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore processor? supercomputing application? high-performance computing?

LSI Corp. has partnered with Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd to develop a multicore processor geared for highly scalable supercomputing applications. The collaboration combines Fujitsu's capability in high-performance computing and LSI's custom silicon competence to deliver the SPARC64 IXfx processor, the companies noted.

According to the companies, the processor offers a performance boost from the previous generation and features a broad IP portfolio and automated design flow.

"The SPARC64 IXfx delivers the speed and flexibility our supercomputing application customers are looking for," noted Akira Asato, GM, LSI development division, Fujitsu. "The combined expertise of LSI and Fujitsu utilized in the development of the SPARC64 IXfx provides customers with increased performance and allows them to run essential applications more effectively."

"To meet their requirements, Fujitsu desired a partner with deep expertise in highly complex SoCs and the know-how to meet aggressive schedules and performance targets," stated Sudhakar Sabada , SVP and GM, custom solutions division, LSI. "Collaborating with Fujitsu on the SPARC64 IXfx processor underscores our commitment to working with customers to deliver time-to-market solutions for mission-critical deployments."

The SPARC64 IXfx processor is manufactured using 40nm process technology, has 16 high-performance embedded cores, 64KB I/D cache and 12MB shared L2 cache memory to handle the data rate requirements of supercomputing applications.

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