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64-core Mobile Processors Could Result from Kickstarter Project

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Adapteva Parallella Epiphany Multicore Solution 64 16BELLEVUE, USA – Adapteva, the semiconductor startup company, has launched a new parallel computing Kickstarter project named Parallella, with the goal of it being “a supercomputer for everyone”.

High costs are the main barrier against the popularization of parallel computing. Parallella hopes to overcome this issue using cheaper, more energy-efficient components to produce a platform costing below $100, which is open and easy to use as well. The Parallella computer is expected to deliver up to 45GHz via a credit card-sized board consuming only 5W, whereas a huge high-end server with equivalent power would consume about 400W and cost thousands of dollars.

Parallella computers are powered by a dual-core ARM A9 CPU and 16 or 64-core Epiphany Multicore Accelerators developed by Adapteva. Running on 1GB RAM, they are shipped with Ubuntu OS and open source developer tools such as C compilers, Eclipse IDE, multicore debuggers and runtime libraries.

MicroSD, Ethernet, HDMI and general focus expansion connectors will also be available. With all this, the computer would only measure 3.4″ by 2.1″. This size makes them perfect for application in mobile devices like tablets and laptops, especially considering and the low energy consumption of the device, and in future, smartphones.

Adapteva’s current funding goal for Parallella is $3 million, to be utilized in Epiphany chip cost reduction, computer development and mass-production. 64-core boards are expected to be available by May 2013. Architecture and SDK documents pertaining to Parallella will soon be published on the web.

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By , International Correspondent, Rethymno (Greece) office

Published on Oct 2nd, 2012 GMT +2

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