New Processor Promises It All

Soft Machines’ VISC Processor Takes an Unorthodox Approach

by Jim Turley

Excuse me while I juggle these flaming chainsaws. While riding a unicycle on a tightrope crossing over Niagara Falls. Blindfolded. Challenging enough for ya?

That’s essentially what a new company called Soft Machines is attempting. It’s a new firm with an entirely new microprocessor design that is taking on the two toughest challenges in the business: how to increase performance while reducing power, and how to run programs written for other processors. Oh, and they’re competing with ARM for embedded RISC processor cores. And then they’ll be taking on Intel and AMD with x86 processors. Challenging enough for ya?

It’s not every day you get to see a brand new microprocessor company. What do you think this is – 1998? Yet Soft Machines thinks it’s cracked the secret code to making embedded processors that are both fast and small, quick yet power-efficient, new yet totally compatible with existing binary code.  Read More


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What Color is Your Abstraction?

Posted on 11/26/14 at 1:26 PM by mwipliez

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I think there is something that a lot of people seem to forget when talking about programming FPGAs. The algorithm guy who's writing Matlab models is likely not competent to write optimized software in C. Simply because it's a different level of abstracti…

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Posted on 11/24/14 at 9:38 AM by bmoyer

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What do you think about these virtual system prototypes and how to find them?

A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/24/14 at 9:34 AM by Jim Turley

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How about a series of low-end x86 chips for embedded systems? Would that fly?

Back in Ye Olden Tymes, AMD and Intel used to make a bunch of embedded x86 processors, but they both canceled them after a few years. That kind of burned a lot of embedded d…

A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/19/14 at 3:08 PM by WEATHERBEE

My suggestion: Dump the uncompetitive x86 and commodity ARM plans and focus on GPGPU and high-performance computing.

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