Power.Org. member Rapport achieves breakthrough in power efficiency

Growing community of 44 members promotes Power Architecture as open standard platform

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At the Embedded Systems Conference here today, Power.org member Rapport Incorporated and IBM previewed a breakthrough energy-efficient processor design, the Kilocore1025, which will feature 1024 eight-bit processing elements together with a PowerPCTM core on a single, low-cost chip. Rapport and IBM are collaborating to utilize the Power Architecture technology, providing high-compute processing at extremely low energy consumption in one of the most energy-efficient processors of its kind.

Based on Rapport's KilocoreTM technology and IBM's Power ArchitectureTM technology, Rapport’s next-generation Kilocore1025 chip will process information at higher speeds and orders of magnitude lower power than existing processors. Rapport's current offering, the KC256, features 256 processing elements, provides more than 25 gigabyte operations/second at well under a single watt of power, and is available with tools and a development platform.

Kilocore-based processors address the shortcomings of conventional chips by putting hundreds or thousands of parallel processing elements together on small chips. Those chips feature the most advanced dynamic architecture available today in working silicon and can be dynamically reconfigured for compute-intensive applications, including mobile gaming, homeland security, server components, image processing, consumer electronics and suitcase supercomputing.

For example, with the Kilocore1025 a user will be able to view streaming live and high-definition video on a low-power, mobile device at five to 10 times the speed of existing processors.

The IBM and Rapport collaboration is expected to bring disruptive solutions to the low-power computing marketplace. Rapport, an emerging Silicon Valley-based startup, will be contributing innovative software solutions as well as its unique Kilocore technology, and IBM will be providing state of the art, world-class engineering services, foundry and ASIC technologies.

"IBM's openness and flexibility in working with Rapport and recognizing the unrivaled value of our Kilocore technology has been tremendous," said Frank Sinton, Rapport's President. "We couldn't have built this relationship without Power.org. Combining the outstanding Power Architecture with Kilocore will open up Power's extensive application base and developer community to the world of handheld, mobile and in-the-field computing."

"Through collaboration, Power.org is creating unprecedented opportunities for its members," said Nigel Beck, Vice President of Technology Marketing, IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions, and Chairman of Power.org. "IBM developed the Cell Broadband Engine with Sony and Toshiba. With new collaborative efforts with Power.org members like Rapport and others, we're going to see future 'Cell's' emerge."

Members expanding Power Architecture ecosystem

Other Power.org members developing technology on open specifications and expanding the Power Architecture ecosystem with new technologies include:

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., a leader in embedded computing systems and the first company to work with IBM in bringing the Cell Broadband EngineTM processor outside the gaming industry, announced the 1U Dual Cell-Based Server, the first available 1U server with Cell Technology. The 1U Dual Cell-Based Server is optimized to deliver an unprecedented 410 GFLOPS of performance in a rack-mountable 1U server form factor to accelerate video, imaging, and other compute-intensive applications.
Teak Technologies. a venture capital-backed company which chairs the Power.org technical subcommittee on high-speed packet interconnects, has developed a deterministic packet switching solution that provides reliable service guarantees while managing congestion and maximizing bandwidth. Teak's products leverage Power Architecture technology and stand to enhance the BladeCenter ecosystem, including the Cell Broadband Engine-based blade infrastructure.
IBM, a founder member of Power.org, announced new low-power extensions to its PowerPC 970MP offering. These newest offerings complement IBM's low-power 970FX offering and target clients whose applications demand higher performance but are limited by power constraints. Featuring sub 25-watt typical power for dual 64-bit processors with dual single instruction multiple data (SIMD) units removes the power barrier for a broad set of compute-intensive applications, such as medical imaging. IBM also announced power management features for the CPC945 bridge chip. Supporting single, dual and quad processor applications, the CPC945 now offers power management options enabling total power as low as 12 watts. These power efficient offerings provide clients with great flexibility in their system designs by reducing the trade-off of performance versus power across a broader set of applications. Thales Computers, a Power.org member, is committed to building systems for severe environmental conditions using the low-power 970FX offering.

Power.org is exhibiting at the Embedded Systems Conference, and a total of 10 members have booths in the Power.org pavilion.

Two new members join Power.org

Also today, Power.org introduced two new members -- Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville -- increasing the community roster to 44 members.

AMCC, a Sponsor-level member, provides the essential building blocks for the transport, switching, routing and storage of information worldwide. AMCC blends systems and software expertise with high-performance, high-bandwidth silicon integration to deliver communications silicon and software for communications, storage and pervasive computing markets. Targeting the embedded computing market, two years ago, AMCC acquired intellectual property and a portfolio of assets associated with IBM's 400 series of embedded PowerPC standard products, in addition to a Power Architecture license.

The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) at the University of Tennessee, a Participant-level member, aspires to be a world leader in enabling technologies and software for scientific computing. ICL's vision is to provide high performance tools to tackle science's most challenging problems and to play a major role in the development of standards to scientific computing in general.

About Power.org
Power.org is a community of companies driving innovation around Power Architecture technology. Comprised of leaders in the technology field, Power.org is a framework through which its members engage in collaborative innovation on Power Architecture technology, with the mission of optimizing interoperability and accelerating innovation to drive increased adoption of this technology around the world. Power.org currently has more than 40 members, including Founder members Cadence Design Systems, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Jabil Circuit, Novell, P.A. Semi, Red Hat, Synopsys, and Thales. For more details on Power.org, visit the website www.power.org
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