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Alchip, TSMC team on Tokyo Supercomputer
Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 15 December 2006 12:21

AlChip and TSMC are collaborating on the design of a processor for the University of Tokyo's new supercomputer, the Grape-DR , targeting 2,000 trillion operations per seconds (2 PetaFLOPS).

TSMC reported first silicon success of the Sing processor, which will power the new supercomputer. The design features 512 CPUs and 10 megabits of SRAM on a single chip, utilizing TSMC's 90 nm manufacturing process.  (Yes, you read that right, 512 CPUs per chip although the original goal was 1024 CPUs per chip).  Each chip consumes approximately 50 watts, runs at a speed of 500 MHz, has a throughput equivalent of about 1 TeraFLOP, contains over 60 million logic gates, and occupies roughly 18x18 mm.

The machine is intended to provide services in astrophysical simulation, astronomical observational database, molecular dynamics simulation, genome sequence analysis, boundary element structure analysis, mass spectroscopy data search databases, and gene search problems.

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