Changing the way a processor thinks to decrease power

By Justin Mann on May 8, 2006, 8:50 PM
Typically when we hear news of major advances in processors, we think of the big names like Intel, AMD, IBM, et cetera. That's why it came as a bit of a surprise to me when I read about a company today that thinks they can achieve 75% power reduction in just about all existing processor technologes, by changing the way a processor uses clocks to synchronize itself.

What the article is talking about here is using self synchronizing loops rather than a global clock scheme we see in modern ICs, that would let individual components of the chip regulate themselves, improving the efficiency of the CPU and even allowing it to run nominally at “unusually high” frequencies. While this is speculation at best, it seems, it sounds very interesting and I hope to hear more.

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