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Azul Systems Delivers 48-Way Multicore Chip

Azul Systems announced their next-generation Vega 2 processor, the world's first single-chip 64-bit processor with 48 cache-coherent processor cores for use in the company's compute appliances.

Designed by Azul and fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the Vega 2 processor utilizes a 90nm process, a 9-layer copper/low-k interconnect, and multi-threshold transistors for optimal performance-power efficiency.

The Vega 2 processor integrates 48 cores and consists of 812 million transistors to enable future generations of Azul Compute Appliances to scale up to 768-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems with up to 768 GBytes of memory. The press release states that, by comparison, the world's largest and most power efficient SMP system built today is the Azul Compute Appliance 3840, which is based on the current generation Azul Vega 1 processor (a 24-way multicore chip) and provides 384 processor cores and 256 GBytes of memory in an 11U rack-mountable enclosure and consumes only 2700 watts of electricity.

Systems based on the Vega 2 chip are scheduled for general availability in 2007.

Source: Azul Systems

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