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FPGA-based CPU With 1000 Cores Heralds New Era In Computing

A group of scientists has engineered a new ultra-fast 1000-core processor that could make computers significantly faster and more environment friendly.

Some of the very first computers were created using a single core processor but owing to technological innovation, computers with two, four or 16 core processors are already available.

However, the new breakthrough achieved by a group of scientists from the University of Glasgow and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has resulted in a processor that contains more than 1000 cores on a single chip.

The new processor, which was built using Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), computers in the near future could be more faster and environment friendly than the ones available today.

“FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small because they are so much quicker - so they are also a greener option,” Dr Wim Vanderbauwhede of the University of Glasgow said in a statement.

Back in November, Timothy Mattson, a researcher working for semiconductor giant Intel, suggested that the company's 48-core Single Chip Cloud computer (SCC) could one day be scaled to 1000 cores.