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Azul Plans 48-Core Processor For 2007

Azul Systems Inc., to demonstrate it's not a "one-hit wonder," on Monday plans to announce it has produced working versions of its next-generation processor, which will have 48 independent processing cores in a single chip. Azul plans to introduce systems based on the technology next year.

The Vega 2 processor will double the number of cores the company offers in a single-chip design; it now sells a 24-core Vega processor. Vega 2 is being manufactured by chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which also manufactures the original Vega processor.

Vega is manufactured using a 130-nanometer process. By moving to a 90-nanometer process for Vega 2, Azul will be able to double the number of processing cores without significantly increasing the size of the chip, which has 812 million transistors.

Clock rate and power dissipation specifications for the chip won't be released until next year. But Scott Sellers, a co-founder and VP of hardware engineering, says the new processor will provide an improvement in performance-per-watt over the existing Vega.

"As customers invest in our technology and migrate to our platforms they want to see that we are not one-hit wonders, and that there is a strong road map," Sellers says.

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