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Fujitsu Claims World's Fastest CPU

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While most of us will be moving to the next great chips from AMD or Intel for our next CPU upgrades, we all know that there are super computer chips that are capable of much more than what we have on our desktops.

Fujitsu today debuted a new super chip at a technology event in Japan that it claims to be the world’s fastest CPU. It’s called the Venus SPARC64 VIIIfx which is capable of 128 GFLOPs--Intel's top of the line Nehalem-based Xeon 5500 for example, achieves roughly 76 GFLOPs.

The chip is supposedly built using a 45-nm process and, from what we can make it out from the original Japanese report on PC Watch (translated), has an integrated memory controller. The original report also states that Fujitsu’s chip has 2.5 times the “high speed operation” and one-third the power consumption of an Intel CPU (though it does not state which chip in specific).

Being that this new chip is a SPARC64 CPU, it’ll be reserved specifically for industrial and scientific applications, such as for studying space, weather, astronomy, among others.

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    matic3060 , May 14, 2009 6:50 PM
    But can it run Cry...er...oh, nevermind.
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    TheFace , May 14, 2009 6:45 PM
    If that is an actual picture of the CPU, that thing is massive.

    Also, if anyone remarks "but can it run.." they should be banhammered.
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    Anonymous , May 14, 2009 7:07 PM
    I wanna see the mobo it goes with...
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    gamerjames , May 14, 2009 6:44 PM
    I want one please.
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    TheFace , May 14, 2009 6:45 PM
    If that is an actual picture of the CPU, that thing is massive.

    Also, if anyone remarks "but can it run.." they should be banhammered.
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    piper5177 , May 14, 2009 6:48 PM
    How much?
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    matic3060 , May 14, 2009 6:50 PM
    But can it run Cry...er...oh, nevermind.
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    Anonymous , May 14, 2009 7:07 PM
    I wanna see the mobo it goes with...
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    exit2dos , May 14, 2009 7:12 PM
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    we all know that there are super computer chips that are capable of much more than what we have on our desktops.


    Sparc is a RISC chip, and for most desktop users an x86 CPU could do more with "only" 76 GFLOPs than a Sparc with 128 GFLOPs.

    By all means, congratulations to Fujitsu, this is quite an accomplishment - but let's not confuse people by comparing RISC to x86 in performance or power consumption as it is by no means apples-to-apples.
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    DXRick , May 14, 2009 7:14 PM
    Hmmm... If Fujitsu can make that one, why aren't they making other desktop CPUs???
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    stradric , May 14, 2009 7:21 PM
    DXrickHmmm... If Fujitsu can make that one, why aren't they making other desktop CPUs???


    It's RISC or Reduced Instruction Set. Which basically means it sucks for multimedia applications and all that fun stuff that people do on their home PCs. The processing pipeline is much smaller and far less complicated than that of our x86/x64 processors. So, in other words, it would be quite a more difficult task to take on Intel and AMD with regard to consumer CPUs. An undertaking that would almost certainly cost Fujitsu more money than its worth.
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    hunter315 , May 14, 2009 7:21 PM
    If it really does what they claim that would make for one kick ass super computer that wont generate massive amounts of heat, now we just have to wait for that to show up for a desktop.
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    cl_spdhax1 , May 14, 2009 7:38 PM
    I bet it cost 10x more than the higher-end Intel or AMD cpu also.
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    Anonymous , May 14, 2009 7:38 PM
    its for processing raw data not for consumer uses..
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    NuclearShadow , May 14, 2009 8:07 PM
    This is preciously what I need to achieve my world domination plans! My minions will be there to pick it up shortly.
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    Ciuy , May 14, 2009 8:16 PM
    i got 2 of those CPU`s under my bed somewhere ....
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    starryman , May 14, 2009 8:17 PM
    It is interesting to see how the CPU is 2.5X larger. Must provide better cooling OR it require more cooling. It's cool to see another player in the CPU world. It gets dull hearing the only two contenders AMD and Intel. Same thing with AMD/ATI and Nvidia. We need more teams.
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    sublifer , May 14, 2009 8:19 PM
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    This is preciously what I need to achieve my world domination plans!

    preciously? Do we have a gollum complex today or did you mean precisely? Not to flame but I think its funny :p 
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