Intel Corp. has designed a computer chip that promises to perform calculations as quickly an entire data center - while consuming only as much energy as a light bulb.
The world's biggest chipmaker said Sunday it developed a programmable processor that can perform about a trillion calculations per second, or deliver a performance of 1.01 teraflops. It accomplishes this feat while consuming 62 watts of power when the chip is running at a frequency of 3.16 gigahertz.
A similarly powerful supercomputer in 1996 at Sandia National Laboratories took up more than 2,000 square feet (180 square meters), used nearly 10,000 Pentium Pro processors, and consumed more than 500 kilowatts of electricity.
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