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of Silicon Valley presents
small processors solve BIG PROBLEMS
Speaker: Chris Rowen, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Tensilica, Inc.
Location: Cadence - Building 5 (map) NOTE Change to Bldg 5 this month!
Montague Expy & Trimble Road,
San Jose, CA
When: May 10: 6:30 pm Networking with food and beverage
7:00 pm Presentation
Registration: Free – but Please Register! [$2 donation helps cover food ]
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There’s no question that computing is percolating ever more deeply into the lives of billions on people. Smart-phones, distributed applications in the cloud, and embedded intelligence in running in parallel. Unhappily, Moore’s Law scaling of existing processor types isn’t enough to keep up with the energy-efficiency demands of all these applications. So how must processors evolve?
In this talk, we’ll look first at what’s common to the problems faced by designers of 4G wireless systems, imaging systems and high-performance computers. Then we’ll explore the startling range of processor types required – ultra-low energy 32b processor cores approaching 0.01mm^2 in area, specialized data processors at trillion RISC operations per second, software-defined radio platforms for Gbps cellular wireless and supercomputing configurations approaching the “exaFLOP” level for grand-challenge problems like climate modeling. The efficiency and processor design automation of this new category of processors opens up a compelling new technical applications and silicon system opportunities.
Dr. Chris Rowen is Chief Technology Officer of Tensilica, which he founded in July 1997. He was a pioneer in the development of RISC architecture at Stanford in the early 80s and helped start MIPS Computer Systems Inc. in 1984, where he served in a variety of functions including as Vice President for Microprocessor Development and managed MIPS in Europe. When Silicon Graphics purchased MIPS, he became the technology and market development leader for Silicon Graphics Europe. In 1966, he became Synopsys’ Vice President and General Manager of the Design Reuse Group. He received a B.A. in physics from Harvard University and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
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