Saturday, September 17, 2011

Experimental Intel Chip Shows Future of CPU Efficiency

Researchers at Intel debuted an experimental processor at the company’s developer forum this week, which could lead to devices with significantly lower energy consumption.

The chip — codenamed “Claremont” — is known as a near-threshold voltage processor, which allows transistors to operate at super-low, near “threshold” voltages to increase efficiency and decrease energy consumption.

This level is very near the voltage at which transistors switch on and start conducting current, which is the “threshold” voltage.

Original content Bob DeMarco, Look Beyond the Obvious