Now A Chip That Makes Computers 20 Times Faster

London (29 Dec ,2010),(pti).



In what could be called a major technological innovation, scientists have unveiled an ultra-fast chip which they claim could make desktop
computers 20 times faster than the current ones.

Modern computers have a processor with two, four or sometimes 16 cores to carry out tasks. Now, a team, led by the University of Glasgow, has
developed a central processing unit which effectively have 1,000 cores
on a single microchip.

The developments could usher in a new age of high-speed computing in the next few years for home users frustrated with slow-running systems; the
new "super"  computer is also much greener than modern machines,
despite its high speed, say its developers.

The scientists used a chip called a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) which like all microchips contains millions of transistors -- tiny
on-off switches that are the foundation of any electronic circuit,
the'Daily Mail'reported.

But FPGAs can be configured into specific circuits by the user, rather than their function being set at a factory. This enabled the team to divide
up the transistors within the chip into small groups and ask each to
perform a task.

By creating more than 1,000 mini-circuits within the FPGA chip, the scientists effectively turned the chip into a 1,000-core processor --
each core working on its own instructions.

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