Clearly speedy

ClearSpeed Technology has divulged details of its first commercial microprocessor, the really zippy 50 GFLOPS CSX600.

ClearSpeed Technology has divulged details of its first commercial microprocessor, the CSX600.

In a presentation at the Fall Processor Forum in San Jose, California, the company said that the new processor delivers up to 50 GFLOPS, has 96Gbytes/s bandwidth to on-chip memory and consumes just 5W. It is expected to be available by the end of Q1 2005.

The CSX600 is designed as a co-processor for accelerating PC’s, workstations, servers, clusters, and blades. Initial applications are expected to be in life sciences, financial modelling, geophysical computation, scientific computing, military and aviation among others.

ClearSpeed is working with customers and the open-source community to port and accelerate mathematically intensive codes such as complex FFT’s, Monte Carlo algorithms, GROMACS molecular dynamics, and other math libraries such as BLAS.

The CSX600 offers 64-bit, IEEE 754 double-precision floating point reaching 50 GFLOPS peak and 25 GFLOPS sustained. ClearSpeed has accomplished more than a doubling of the performance of its previous chip, the CS301, while adding more I/O and memory bandwidth and still maintaining the same 10 GFLOPS per Watt power efficiency.

ClearSpeed was established in 1997 and currently employs 38 people. The Company is based in Bristol in the UK and Los Gatos, California and has over 40 patents granted and pending.