The makers of the TILE64 CPU are back with a new Tile Gx series of up to embedded CPUs with up to a 100 cores. While by no means a threat to Intel or AMD in the desktop arena, Tilera hope to cater to specific applications in the server and embedded markets.

Manufactured on a 40nm process, the Gx100 100 core CPU surprisingly only consumes 55W, with the 16 core version drawing only 5W, and these are peak consumption values.

The biggest drawback is that these chips do not support the x86 architecture.

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The makers of the TILE64 CPU are back with a new Tile Gx series of up to
embedded CPUs with up to a 100 cores. While by no means a threat to
Intel or AMD in the desktop arena, Tilera hope to cater to specific
applications in the server and embedded markets.

Manufactured on
a 40nm process, the Gx100 100 core CPU surprisingly only consumes 55W,
with the 16 core version drawing only 5W, and these are peak consumption
values.

The biggest drawback is that these chips do not support
the x86 architecture.

Tilera does, however, claim performance-per-watt leadership in certain specific applications, especially those which scale over multiple threads. Tilera have already ported popular server applications such MySQL and Apache to the Tilera architecture, to run on Linux OS.

In addition, a co-processor environment where a x86 CPU runs along side a Tile GX CPU is also suggested.

Of course, Tilera are not new to the multi-core chip business, having the TILE64 64-core CPUs in production since 2007, as well as the TILEPro refresh. The interface between cores raised a few eyebrows back then, with inter-core bandwidth topping at to 500 GB/s!

The Tile Gx processors are expected to be priced between $400 and $1000 in 4 variants – 16, 36, 64 and 100. They are expected to ship in 2011.

While it does target a niche customer base, there could be potential in Linux-based web server environments. Tile GX’s USP is of course multi-threaded performance and power efficiency.

Reference: PCWorld