1,000-core processor will make computers faster and greener

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A group of researchers is developing a 1,000-core processor capable of offering speeds 20 times higher than those recorded by current processors, consuming less energy.

To build the chip, the team from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (USA) used FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology, a kind of integrated circuit that can be configured by the end user, allowing specific functions to be defined for processors and determine the tasks they will perform.

The team divided millions of transistors into 1,000 mini-circuits, each of which is capable of taking care of its own instructions, making it the most energy efficient chip compared to the multicore currently on the market, reports the international press .

The 1,000-core processor created by researchers at the universities of Glasgow and Massachusetts Lowell, still in prototype, reached 5GB per second in the tests it was subjected to, which makes it approximately 20 times faster than the CPUs that currently integrate the computers.

In any case, these scientists are not the only ones working on such a project. Intel has also expressed an interest in developing a device of identical power.

Speaking to the British newspaper Daily Mail, Wim Vanderbauwhede, who leads the team of researchers, recalled that the potential of the technology is enormous, although there is still a long way to go. Anyway, the official is not shy of saying that he believes that this type of microprocessors will become common and will contribute to «speed up» computers in the coming years.