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Qualcomm commits to heterogeneous computing

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:heterogeneous computing? parallel processing? Heterogeneous System Architecture?

Semiconductor firm Qualcomm has signed up as founding member of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation along with fellow IC heavyweights AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, Mediatek, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments.

The HSA Foundation, created by AMD back in June, is dedicated to laying out a solid groundwork for an open, standards-based approach to heterogeneous computing.

"Future Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm will contain substantially more computing performance and integrated parallel processing technology in order to meet the high performance, low power needs of our mobile customers," said Jim Thompson, senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm, in a statement.

Thompson said Qualcomm joined the HSA Foundation to help define open standards around heterogeneous computing because the company developers will be able to deliver faster and more innovative applications on future Snapdragon processors if certain aspects of heterogeneous computing are standardised.

The HSA Foundation was launched by AMD at its Fusion Developer Conference in June. The organisation's stated goal is to provide a common hardware specification and support to make it easier for software developers to take multi-processing advantage of modern complex processors. The launch of the HSA Foundation followed AMD's announcement a year earlier that it was opening up its Fusion Architecture, later re-named HSA.

Since its formation, the HSA Foundation has more than doubled its membership, according to the organisation. The organisation delivered a technical presentation at the recent IEEE International Conference on Computer Design and plans to deliver another at the 2012 ARM TechCon, which opens Oct. 30.

- Dylan McGrath
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