Kalray designs 256 processors on a 28nm chip
Kalray is sampling a 28nm multicore processor. Its Multi-Purpose Processor Array (MPPA)-256 processor is fabbed by TSMC.
First products to be ramped in volume will be processors for signal processing in an imaging application. Product qualification is scheduled for completion in Nov 2012.
The France-based fabless semiconductor and software company is backed by French investment funds, local funds, private investors, and OSEO, a French public-sector institution who finance innovative projects brought by SME’s.
The first MPPA-256 processor integrates 256 processors onto a single silicon chip. The multicore processor is organised as 16 clusters of 16 processors and multiple MPPA chips can be interconnected at the PCB level through Interlaken interfaces to increase the processor array size and performance capability.
The Kalray processor cores implement a proprietary VLIW architecture with advanced low-power design techniques, and integrate a high-performance IEEE 754 floating-point unit.
“Our first processor achieves a global processing power of 500 billion operations per second, along with a much lower power consumption than competitive solutions,” said Joël Monnier, Kalray CEO.
“Kalray has developed a world beating technology for Multi-Purpose Processor Arrays which addresses real-world needs in signal processing while delivering the performance this market requires,” said Maria Marced, president, TSMC Europe.
“Innovation in Europe is clearly demonstrated by Kalray’s 28nm design. We are pleased to be part of this success story, and the release to production marks a major milestone in the collaboration between Kalray, GUC and TSMC,” said Marced.