May 26, 2022

Are You Ready to Lay Your Hands on the World’s First Universal Processor?

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One of the things I really enjoy is bacon sandwiches, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about here. Another thing I enjoy is watching a startup company evolve from being a twinkle in its founder’s eye to purveying its first product.

Way back in the mists of time we used to call May 2020 (which is two long years ago as I pen these words), Jim Turley wrote a column on the topic of Creating the Universal Processor here on EE Journal. The focus of this column was a new type of processor called Prodigy that was under development by a startup called Tachyum.

As Jim said at that time with respect to the folks at Tachyum: “Their goals are nothing if not audacious. Prodigy will be faster than Intel’s Xeon but consume one-tenth the power. It will have 4× lower cost of ownership (TCO) than current server processors. It will occupy less silicon than an ARM design. It will perform both AI and hyperscale server workloads with equal aplomb. A single version of the chip will scale between 16 and 128 cores, all in the same 6400-ball package. And it will be cheaper than Intel or AMD chips by a factor of three. That last one shouldn’t be hard to achieve. The others? We’ll have to wait and see.”

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