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11/22/2013 04:00 PM EST
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Caleb Kraft
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Re: Any update on Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube
Caleb Kraft   11/25/2013 2:13:12 PM
Aw man, I wish I could have seen that!

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Re: Cool processors we can't program
Caleb Kraft   11/25/2013 2:14:31 PM
That is absolutely a good point. As much as I love seeing these pop up, I can't say I've seen anything else on most of them after the initial hoopla.

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rhfish   12/6/2013 4:05:04 PM
The Micron AP is a pretty important innovation.  

If Micron marketing does its job, in 3 or 4 years there will be an AP chip in every cell phone and tablet offloading facial and speech recognition.  There will be multiple AP chips in every new automobile for collision avoidance.  Finally, every robot, drone, and autonomous device will have a handfull.  These things will cost about $2 each if the die sizes are to be believed.

The AP is not a computer even though Micron claims it is a processor.  It is a computer peripheral, more like a GPU for patterns.  There will never be thousands of programmers coding for it.  Rather there will be a set of state libraries to perform common API functions.

They do seem to have adopted the processor on DIMM technique we proposed about 6 years ago for our CPU in DRAM.

Russell Fish
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