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Tilera Goes After AMD, Intel, With 100-Core CPU

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Tilera is tackling AMD and Intel with its TILE-Gx family of processors.

Tilera Corporation earlier today announced its TILE-Gx family of processors, thus revealing the company's intentions on taking on CPU giants Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. The new series consists of four multi-core processors: 16, 36, 64, and a whopping 100 cores that could ultimately "simplify system architecture." The company even threw on the fighting gloves in its announcement, claiming that the TILE-Gx provides ten-times better compute efficiency than Intel's Westmere.

Omid Tehwenia, Tilera's CEO, said that customers would be able to yank out the twelve or more processors currently encompassing systems with just one TILE-Gx processor. Not only does it simplify the system architecture, but there's a reduced cost, an overall reduced power consumption, and even provides more space in the PC board area. "This is truly a remarkable technology achievement," he boasted.

Tilera provided a few technical specs, reporting that the processors are fabricated in TSMC's 40 nanometer process. The processors also provide speeds up to 1.5 GHz, and will use between 10 and 55 watts of power. Tilera's TILE-Gx family also features hardware acceleration engines, integrated high-performance DDR3 controllers, enhanced SIMD instruction extensions, and more.

The company said that the TILE-Gx16 (16-core version) would be ideal for cost-sensitive applications, whereas the TILE-Gx100 would be perfect for performance applications.  The TILE-Gx32 is expected to be available for sampling in Q4 2010, with the other family members coming out of the closet in the following two quarters.

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    cyberkuberiah , October 26, 2009 6:33 PM
    frozenleadI want benchmarks.Even if these things are amazingly powerful, 98/100 cores (on occasion 96) still won't be able to be really utilized. Software just isn't that advanced yet.


    these processors are for servers with massive number of threads running , not for our average desktop !
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    masterasia , October 26, 2009 6:19 PM
    How much?
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 6:33 PM
    you guys are loosing the point.The market segment Tilera is after is the business one.....And those programs are multi-core(16+ at least) optimized for quite a long time
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    masterasia , October 26, 2009 6:19 PM
    How much?
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    quantum mask , October 26, 2009 6:22 PM
    How much is this gonna cost?
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    frozenlead , October 26, 2009 6:22 PM
    I want benchmarks.

    Even if these things are amazingly powerful, 98/100 cores (on occasion 96) still won't be able to be really utilized. Software just isn't that advanced yet.
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    ominous prime , October 26, 2009 6:31 PM
    Interesting, but I'd like to see benchmarks to back up their claims on reduced power consumption. As well as out performing other CPU's on the market. Also 100 cores seems a tad excessive, and more cores doesn't always equate to more performance.
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    ravewulf , October 26, 2009 6:33 PM
    Prices? Benchmarks? Programs that can take advantage of that many cores?

    Definitely interesting, but I've never heard of them before this article.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 26, 2009 6:33 PM
    frozenleadI want benchmarks.Even if these things are amazingly powerful, 98/100 cores (on occasion 96) still won't be able to be really utilized. Software just isn't that advanced yet.


    these processors are for servers with massive number of threads running , not for our average desktop !
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 6:33 PM
    you guys are loosing the point.The market segment Tilera is after is the business one.....And those programs are multi-core(16+ at least) optimized for quite a long time
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    deathblooms2k1 , October 26, 2009 6:35 PM
    It's not excessive. You need to get out of the personal/gaming use mentality. Back when 800 Mhz was the high end processing speed people thought anything over a GHz was excessive. I could already see the usefulness of this in regards to server virtualization.
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    TwoDigital , October 26, 2009 6:35 PM
    Um, what are these CPU compatible with? Do they run some form of Linux? Do they have an emulation stack for x86 or x64 instructions? As soon as I see what this thing has for processing you could say it has a billion cores and it would be nearly useless.
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    daniel266 , October 26, 2009 6:36 PM
    WOOW we want to know price and other question is about the socket of this thong is just for servers or can it run a windows like others i want it for render im sure 3dmax will like the 100 core edition :) 
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 6:37 PM
    I don't think this is aimed at personal computing. It is meant for servers, where code is often rewritten if necessary for the hardware.
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    LATTEH , October 26, 2009 6:37 PM
    i wonder how well FSX will run with this...
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    falchard , October 26, 2009 6:38 PM
    AMD was great while it lasted. Its sad to see them go. lol j/k, but something tells me this will be a huge move for the server market. It could be for the desktop market depending on them getting clock speeds up and becoming compliant with x64 and x86.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 26, 2009 6:38 PM
    the upcoming nvidia fermi has 512 cores with a coding model somewhat more similar to traditional SMP systems , with 16 concurrent kernels (independent code) at one time . think massively parallel , guys . fermi , larrabee , HPC etc . how about ray tracing on one of these ?
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 6:40 PM
    Read the article, they aren't targeting desktop users.
    "said that customers would be able to yank out the twelve or more processors currently encompassing systems with just one TILE-Gx processor"

    How many desktop users are running boxes with 12+ processors?
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    foody , October 26, 2009 6:40 PM
    I'll be right back; I have to change my pants.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 26, 2009 6:41 PM
    systems with a huge core count like larrabee , fermi , and this have simpler cores than , say ,heavyweight cores like nehalem /phenom . they excel at simple number crunching and similar apps .
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2009 6:42 PM
    CAN IT RUN CRISIS : my guess is no

    and still need to develop software that uses it.

    but nice technologie
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    gto127 , October 26, 2009 6:45 PM
    I thought only AMD & VIA had licenses to make X86 compatible processors. I wouldn't think Intel wold be giving out more licenses so another company would compete with them.
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