Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fujitsu develops world's fastest processor

TOKYO — Fujitsu Ltd said Wednesday that it has successfully developed the world’s fastest supercomputer processing unit with more than twice the speed of the current leader.

A new central processing unit, or CPU, prototype successfully computed at 128 billion times per second—beating the current record, held by Intel Corp, by 2.5 times, company spokesman Masao Sakamoto said.

The company shrunk the size of each central circuit, thus doubling the number of circuits per chip, he said. The prototype is also energy-efficient and was able to cut power consumption to one-third of the conventional Fujitsu model.

Fujitsu aims to put the new CPU, with a code name “Venus,” into practical application in supercomputers “within several years,” Sakamoto said.

Computer makers, including IBM Corp, Cray Inc and Intel, have been competing to develop a faster CPU.

JapanToday.

Fujitsu develops world's fastest CPU for 1st time in 10 yrs
Fujitsu develops world's fastest CPU for 1st time in 10 yrs
May. 13 TOKYO, Japan
Photo shows a board filled with the world's fastest central processing units, which have been developed by Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. The new CPU, called Venus, runs 2.5 times faster than that of rival Intel Corp., which has taken the lead in speed, according to company officials. (Kyodo)