Startup sets sights on probability chip

Summary:Lyric Semiconductor is working on techology with immediate applications for cutting the size and power consumption of flash memory error correction chips, with a general processor planned for 2013.

Start-up Lyric Semiconductor has developed a new chip architecture that promises to speed up the computation of big data applications, such as web search, bid analysis or genome sequencing.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spin-off said on that it is planning to commercialise a type of chip architecture originally developed by its co-founder, Ben Vigoda, while he was a PhD student at the university. The first chips with the technology could roll out within the next 12 months, with a general purpose computing chip on the horizon for testing in 2013, according to Lyric.

The chip architecture is designed from the ground-up to handle probability processing, the company said. The probability processing technology calculates in a new way, which could lead to a big jump in processor efficiency, it said.

Read more of "Start-up sets sights on probability chip" at ZDNet UK.

Topics: Hardware, Enterprise Software, Processors, Developer


Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics f... Full Bio

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