Tilera Debuts 72-Core 64-bit SoC
TILERAA new system-on-a-chip from Tilera features 72 64-bit cores, doubling the computing power of its most recent 36-core Tile-Gx36 chip, but not yet reaching the company’s stated goal of a 100-core processor.
The TILE-Gx72 is aimed at software-defined networks and servers, such as those that support cloud computing, mobile computing and video content.
Multi-core processing is best suited for systems that require high-throughput and often experience data bottlenecks--today’s data centers are face this need more than any consumer application. The Gx72 touts a transfer rate of 100 gigabits per second, according to Tilera.
Besides SDN (software defined networking)computing, some specific applications Tilera sees for its 72-core chip include:
- L2-7 networking and firewall appliances
- network monitoring and analytics
- Layer 7 Deep Packet Inspection at 50 gigabits per second
- compute offload Network Interface Card
- intrusion prevention and detection at 20 gigabits per second
- streaming video server/content delivery at 50 gigabits per second streaming
- HD video conferencing with dozens of 1080p channels
The Gx72 includes eight 10Gbps Ethernet ports (configurable as 32 1Gbps ports), six PCI Express ports, and four DDR3 memory controllers.
Rachel RosmarinRachel Rosmarin's technology reporting experience goes back a decade to the dawn of Wi-Fi, smartphones and the Mp3. She has an in-depth knowledge of consumer electronics and has cultivated her love of useful new toys and innovative social software at publications including Tom’s Guide, Forbes, Business 2.0, Sound & Vision and Mobile Magazine. She holds degrees in Journalism and Science In Human Culture from Northwestern University and is based in Los Angeles.
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