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This paper describes an application-specific processor (add-on chips) that helps computers work harder without consuming massive amounts of energy. If the problem is the power demand of general-purpose processors, the answer may lie in the application-specific acceleration, a technique being tried out in supercomputers. UK-based Clearspeed Technology reworked a chip design developed for PC graphics into a massively parallel floating-point calculation workhouse. Another main option for acceleration is to use a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), whose logic circuits are not hardwired but defined by loading a configuration memory

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Engineering & Technology  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 1 )