"Inexact" chips save power by fudging the maths

Tagged: cpu, Processor, Computer Hardware, Technology
Source: pcpro.co.uk - Read the full article
Posted: 2 years 9 weeks ago

"Computer scientists have unveiled a computer chip that turns traditional thinking about mathematical accuracy on its head by fudging calculations.

The Rice University researchers say their “inexact” chip could be useful because it uses dramatically less power than conventional accurate processors.

The scientists claim the prototypes unveiled are 15 times more efficient because they allow occasional errors and could be used in some applications without having a negative effect."

 

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Tivon
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You save power with an inaccurate processor, something about that does not compute. However, I can can see the future of AI's telling me very human like answers to very big problems, very interesting..

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