On August 18th and 19th in Stanford, California, at Hot Chips 15 conference, the most important international event on processors architecture, mAgic VLIW will be presented: it is a revolutionary electronic component derived by technologies developed by Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (Infn) in the context of the special project Ape and conceived by the Italian company Ipitec, financed by Atmel. The processor will be produced by Atmel itself, a world-wide leader in the semiconductor market.
MAgic VLIW surface is about 25 square millimetres, equal to a fourth of a little finger nail, and it is able to do a billion and a half operations per second, spending only half a watt, which means fifty times less than a personal computer with the same computing power. The new component has been conceived mainly to create the so-called environment intelligence, generally considered next bound of electronics. The environment intelligence is an hardware and software ensemble that will be able to provide flexible systems, capable of elaborating different signals coming from the surrounding environment, such as sounds, images or radio waves. In this way, it will be possible to interact with surrounding things in a more natural way, as if you communicate with another human being. In fact human being is able to concentrate on the sound of a voice or on a face, ignoring noises or images around, rather than using simple commands proper of usual interaction with a computer.
Thanks to its very high computing power, mAgic enables to create miniaturized electronic systems able to elaborate in real-time, audio, ultrasonic and radio complex signals in input and output.
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