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Fujitsu Claims World's Fastest CPU

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.

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.