A New Kind of Computer Chip Could Soon Make Your Smartphone Way More Powerful

Most Popular Feb 5, 2016 Your smartphone is already pretty smart. Chances are it has a GPU (for graphics) and a CPU (for everything else) packed into its tiny microchip brain. Those two parts alone make it more powerful than entire desktop PCs from only a decade or so ago, but a new kind of chip developed by MIT could take your pocket supercomputer even farther into the future.  The new chip is called “Eyeriss” and in a lot of ways its quite similar to a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). Like a GPU, it has a whole bunch of processing cores, and is very good at multitasking. That is to say, it can process a whole bunch of different points of data at the same time unlike a CPU (Central Processing Unit)…


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