Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fujitsu Creates World’s Fastest CPU

The Japanese company Fujitsu Ltd recently announced that it developed the fastest central processing unit in the world. The Tokyo-based company presented a CPU that has the ability to carry out 128 billion calculations per second.

It is for the first time since 1999 that Fujitsu received the title of the world’s fastest CPU developer. Having developed the Venus, the Japanese company managed to surpass some of the largest technology corporations in the world, including Intel Corp. and IBM Corp. in terms of speed of the central processing unit.

It was estimated that Fujitsu’s latest creation runs about 2.5 times than the previous record holder developed by Intel. With the help of miniaturization technology, the Japanese company was able to include twice as many central circuits onto a chip as there were on previous CPU, thus having eight instead of four circuits.

The chip measures 2 sq. cm.

Besides, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the Venus saves energy, reducing the consumption of electricity by about 30 percent compared to current levels.

There are rumors that the CPU is going to be used in the next-generation supercomputer that will start operating at the end of fiscal 2010. The supercomputer will be installed at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Science (Riken) and will feature tens of thousands of such CPUs as the Venus, reports Daily Yomiuri Online.

Engineers believe that the current CPU will be used to help new technologies develop drugs, predicts earthquakes and design rocket engines.

Fujitsu is a Japanese company that focuses on semiconductors, air conditioners, computers and telecommunications. Its headquarters are located in Minato, Tokyo.

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