They plan to make mobile processors that keep the smartphone camera always on
Many of the things we do with our smartphones we consume the battery quickly, and taking pictures is one of the most it does.
Movidius not simply tweaking current designs of chips, but is working on a completely new architecture. The company believes it can make a co-processor capable of providing several teraflops computing by only a few hundred milliwatts.
The chip Movidius would be integrated into smartphones and tablets as a secondary processor, communicating with the processor core application. Even could also be integrated with the system-on-a-chip (SoC) which contains the CPU and the GPU, which would achieve further energy savings.
The company declined to give extensive details about the architecture of the new chip, except to say that will achieve the performance levels proposed by harnessing the computing highly parallel, combined with optimization software.
If the chip executes a large number of individual nuclei with an application processor to run everything, could make a great deal of work, provided that the software is properly optimized to maximize architecture.
Movidius is using its new funds to build your chip second generation. The first generation was just a proof of concept, but versions for production should be completed later this year.
Even could appear in devices in 2014. Of course, that depends entirely on the support of the manufacturers and developers to the new chip, via software.
The cameras can be just the beginning – a variety of background tasks could benefit from a similar approach. Many soc ARM and using cores low power in a similar manner.
Link: Chip startup plans new mobile processor That Enables always-on cameras (extremetech.com)
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