A group of Intel’s enemies have banded together to come up with a better way to build more powerful computer chips.The members of this new club are AMD, ARM, Imagination, MediaTek and Texas Instruments and they call themselves the HSA Foundation.
If they succeed, we could be treated to another big surge in computational power as soon as 2014, and for all sorts of devices, from smartphones through high-end servers, reports Engadget.
The HSA Foundation will be working on ways to boost a chip’s performance by letting it share its workload among various co-processors, rather than making each chip a specialised thing that can never help out another chip. So your graphics processor won’t just sit around waiting for you to fire up a PC game, it can also be used to work with apps, or a big spreadsheet or whatever.
It’s not a new concept in computing. These kind of chips are known as hybrid processors and are already a $55.5 billion market, the new foundation says. But all the chip vendors have been going about it their own way. The languages for working with these chips have been tricky, too.
This group wants to fix that.
If they can make their method more popular this could strike a blow to Intel.
Intel has built a chip empire based on Moore’s Law, in which it tries to make individual chips ever more powerful by packing more transistors onto each one. This has lead to regular declarations from various physicist that Moore’s Law can’t last forever — and will be dead within 10 years.
Hybrid chips would be a way out of those limitations and could pack more power into smaller and smaller devices.
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