IBM & Rapport On Most Energy-Efficient CPU Design

Rapport and IBM previewed a breakthrough energy-efficient processor design, the Kilocore1025, which will feature 1,024 eight-bit processing elements together with a PowerPC™ core on a single, low-cost chip. Rapport and IBM are collaborating to utilize Power Architecture technology to provide high-performance processing with extremely low energy consumption. The result is expected to be one of the most energy-efficient processor designs of its kind. Based on Rapport’s Kilocore™ technology and IBM’s Power Architecture™ technology, Rapport’s next-generation Kilocore1025 chip will process information at higher speeds and orders of magnitude lower power than existing processors. For example, with the Kilocore1025, a user will be able to view streaming live- and high-definition video on a low-power, mobile device at five to 10 times the speed of existing processors.

At the Embedded Systems Conference here today, Power.org member Rapport
Incorporated and IBM previewed a breakthrough energy-efficient processor design,
the Kilocore1025, which will feature 1,024 eight-bit processing elements
together with a PowerPC™ core on a single, low-cost chip.

Rapport and IBM are collaborating to utilize Power Architecture technology to
provide high-performance processing with extremely low energy consumption. The
result is expected to be one of the most energy-efficient processor designs of
its kind.

Based on Rapport’s Kilocore™ technology and IBM’s Power Architecture™
technology, Rapport’s next-generation Kilocore1025 chip will process information
at higher speeds and orders of magnitude lower power than existing processors.

Rapport’s current offering, the KC256, features 256 processing elements,
provides more than 25 gigabyte operations/second at well under a single watt of
power, and is available with tools and a development platform.

Kilocore-based processors address the shortcomings of conventional chips by
putting hundreds or thousands of parallel processing elements together on small
chips. These chips feature the most advanced, dynamic architecture available
today in working silicon and can be dynamically reconfigured for
compute-intensive applications, including mobile gaming, homeland security,
server components, image processing, consumer electronics and suitcase
supercomputing.

For example, with the Kilocore1025, a user will be able to view streaming live-
and high-definition video on a low-power, mobile device at five to 10 times the
speed of existing processors.

The IBM and Rapport collaboration is expected to bring disruptive solutions to
the low-power computing marketplace. Rapport, an emerging Silicon Valley-based
startup, will be contributing innovative software solutions as well as its
unique Kilocore technology, and IBM will be providing world-class engineering
services, foundry and ASIC technologies.

“IBM’s openness and flexibility in working with Rapport and recognizing the
unrivaled value of our Kilocore technology has been tremendous,” said Frank
Sinton, Rapport’s President. “We couldn’t have built this relationship without
Power.org. Combining the outstanding Power Architecture with Kilocore will open
up Power’s extensive application base and developer community to the world of
handheld, mobile and in-the-field computing.”

“Through collaboration, Power.org is creating unprecedented opportunities for
its members,” said Nigel Beck, vice president, Technology Marketing, IBM
Technology Collaboration Solutions, and Chairman of Power.org. “New
collaborative efforts with Power.org members like Rapport will continue to
deliver innovations in processor design.”

Members expanding Power Architecture ecosystem

Other Power.org members developing technology on open specifications and
expanding the Power Architecture ecosystem with new technologies include:

IBM, a founder-level member of Power.org, announced new low-power extensions to
its PowerPC 970MP offering. These newest offerings complement IBM’s low-power
970FX offering and target clients whose applications demand higher performance
but are limited by power constraints. Featuring sub 25-watt typical power for
dual 64-bit processors with dual single instruction multiple data (SIMD) units,
the offerings remove the power barrier for a broad set of compute-intensive
applications, such as medical imaging. IBM also announced power management
features for the CPC945 bridge chip. Supporting single, dual and quad processor
applications, the CPC945 now offers power management options enabling total
power as low as 12 watts. These power efficient offerings provide clients with
great flexibility in their system designs by reducing the trade-off of
performance versus power across a broader set of applications.

Teak Technologies. a venture capital-backed company which chairs the Power.org
technical subcommittee on high-speed packet interconnects, has developed a
deterministic packet switching solution that provides reliable service
guarantees while managing congestion and maximizing bandwidth. Teak’s products
leverage Power Architecture technology and stand to enhance the BladeCenter
ecosystem, including the Cell Broadband Engine-based blade infrastructure.

Thales Computers, a Power.org member, is committed to building systems for
severe environmental conditions using the low-power 970FX offering.

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