621 million transistor chip

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I thought we were on the limit for transistor density but this chip looks like it is way over that limit.

From science daily.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160617215802.htm

A microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors has been designed. The energy-efficient 'KiloCore' chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors.
 

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phinds
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Ho hum. Modern off the shelf CPU chips routinely have over 1,000,000,000 transistors so 621,000,000 isn't particularly impressive.

The one in my desktop has 1,400,000,000 and it's not particularly high end.
 
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@phinds - the chip described in the article is massively parallel, and is unique. IMO. It is fundamentally different from a GPU-like cpu as you cited. And apparently very efficient - energy consumption ~0.7W as opposed to an NVIDIA 970 which is 145W minimum. It runs on a single 6V battery.

"To the best of our knowledge, it is the world's first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed in a university," said Bevan Baas, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who led the team that designed the chip architecture
- UC Davis
 
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@phinds - the chip described in the article is massively parallel, and is unique. IMO. It is fundamentally different from a GPU-like cpu as you cited. And apparently very efficient - energy consumption ~0.7W as opposed to an NVIDIA 970 which is 145W minimum. It runs on a single 6V battery.

- UC Davis
Agreed, but the OP was commenting on his thought that this had hit a limit in transistor density, which is what I was responding to.

EDIT: Hm ... I see that actually I was not looking at the DENSITY of the chip, just the number of transistors so my point may be off.
 
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I thought we were on the limit for transistor density but this chip looks like it is way over that limit.
32nm technology is not as dense as it gets these days. Go here, and look to the right towards the top of the page for a table that puts 32nm in perspective.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Technology_Roadmap_for_Semiconductors

The big deal about the chip you referenced is the amount of parallel processing it can do - imo quite impressive.
 
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Millions, trillions of transistors.
Wouldn't it be fun to scroll the circuit diagram of such a beast?

Ah... well... maybe not ; )

John
 
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Wouldn't it be fun to scroll the circuit diagram of such a beast?
Actually, I'm pretty sure these things are built with magic ... no diagram required :smile:
 
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Clarke's Third Law
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." (Arthur C. Clarke)
 
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I doubt there ever was a circuit diagram. It went:

verilog --> netlist --> gds --> chip
 

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