Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Revolutionary Processor at disposal of the Environment Intelligence

01.08.2003


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.



MAgic VLIW will be immediately marketed by Atmel with a first System on Chip named "Janus", specialized in synthetic beam-forming of directional waves (audio, radio, ultrasonic and radar) and physical modelling (real-time reproduction of a system behaviour, starting from equations that describe it).
"One of the most interesting applications of this system is an innovative generation of digital instruments for ecographic ultrasound scanners that will provide clearer images than the ones provided by traditional scanners and surely for lower cost. A prototype is studied by the Italian company Esaote and it will be set up by 2004. A second application that mAgic VLIW will enable is a very high quality and a low cost hand-free audio-conference system: you can phone and in the meantime do any other kind of activity (voice will be received through several microphones and it will be separated from echoes and noises). Moreover mAgic VLIW will be used to obtain high speed radio connections", explains Pier Stanislao Paolucci, researcher of Infn section in Rome and director of mAgic VLIW project.

The Technological know-how, that allowed the divelopment of mAgic VLIWwas created in the context of the Infn special project Ape (Array Processor Experiment). The project was born in 1984 by a group of Italian Theoretical Physicists led by Nicola Cabibbo and Giorgio Parisi, both professors at La Sapienza University in Rome and Physicists at Infn. The aim of the project is the development of Theoretical Physics simulation- of super- computers for the study of Theoretical Physics of interactions of elementary particles. "Since the beginning of the project, three generations of massive parallel computers were created and the fourth, apeNext, will be available for researchers in September. Machines of "Ape family" have provided European scientists with more and more powerful supercomputing instruments for the study of the characteristics of elementary particles" explains Nicola Cabibbo. Ape project is currently directed by Federico Rapuano, of Infn in Rome La Sapienza section, who remarks: "Today most European Physicists involved in the field of the fundamental interactions uses Ape machines. It is a great success for Italian research in a context traditionally dominated by American and Japanese technology.

At the same time, some of the ideas developed by Ape project have become key ingredients for the develpoment of low power and cost-high performance processors. Ipitec is a research and development centre founded in 2000 and it has been located in Rome in order to be close to the reasearch group and to the technologies developed by Infn in Ape context. Lots of Ipitec designers have begun their professional activity in the Ape project. Atmel, a Silicon Valley company founder and financer of Ipitic, has produced integrated circuits designed by Infn and used in the Ape machines Raffaele Tripiccione, coordinator of Ape project says "integrated circuits of Ape represent one of the few cases of complete computing processors developed in Europe."

MAgic VLIW project has attracted investements from the United States to Italy and is creating highly qualified jobs, even thanks to an important contribution from the European Commission (mAgic VLIW Esprit project 27000).

For further information:

Prof. Nicola Cabibbo
e-mail: nicola.cabibbo@roma1infn.it

Prof. Federico Rapuano
INFN Rome Section and Physics Department University Milano-Bicocca
e-mail: federico.rapuano@roma1.infn.it

Prof. Raffaele Tripiccione
INFN Ferrara Section and Physics Department University of Ferrara
e-mail: raffaele.tripiccione@fe.infn.it

Dr. Pier Stanislao Paolucci
e-mail: Pier.Paolucci@roma1.infn.it

INFN Communication Office
Dr. Barbara Gallavotti
e-mail: Barbara.Gallavotti@Presid.infn.it

Barbara Gallavotti | alfa
Further information:
http://www.infn.it/comunicati

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified
05.12.2016 | University of Sussex

nachricht UT professor develops algorithm to improve online mapping of disaster areas
29.11.2016 | University of Tennessee at Knoxville

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Significantly more productivity in USP lasers

In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.

Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...

Im Focus: Shape matters when light meets atom

Mapping the interaction of a single atom with a single photon may inform design of quantum devices

Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

Closing the carbon loop

08.12.2016 | Life Sciences

Applicability of dynamic facilitation theory to binary hard disk systems

08.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

Scientists track chemical and structural evolution of catalytic nanoparticles in 3-D

08.12.2016 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>