Digitimes reports: "Intel on February 12 announced that its researchers have developed the world's first programmable processor to deliver Teraflop (one trillion calculations per second) performance from a single, 80-core chip.
The chip is a product of Intel's Tera-scale computing research, with technical details of the Teraflops research chip set to be presented at the annual Integrated Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) this week in San Francisco.
Tera-scale performance will power new applications for education and collaboration, as well as enabling the rise of high-definition entertainment on PCs, servers and handheld devices, Intel claimed. The company added that artificial intelligence, instant video communications, photo-realistic games, multimedia data mining and real-time speech recognition could become everyday realities.
Intel has no plans to bring this exact chip designed with floating point cores to market. Instead, the company's Tera-scale research currently investigates new innovations in individual or specialized processor or core functions, including the types of chip-to-chip and chip-to-computer interconnects required to best move data and (what Intel feels is more important) how software will need to be designed to best leverage multiple processor cores."