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Issue 2 • Date March-April 2006

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  • [Front cover]

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  • [Inside front cover]

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  • [Advertisement]

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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • Masthead

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  • Workload characterization: A key aspect of microarchitecture design

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):5 - 6
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  • Andy's acceleration and Moore's momentum

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):7 - 82
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    Most advances in integrated circuit manufacturing and design result from the efforts of some of the most clever engineers and scientists on the planet. Yet, that is not the whole story of economic progress. Advances in the technical frontier do not find their way into users' hands without deliberate actions by the managers of the firms who sell chips. That last observation seems uncontroversial un... View full abstract»

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  • Guest Editors' Introduction: Hot Chips 17

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):8 - 9
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  • Synergistic Processing in Cell's Multicore Architecture

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):10 - 24
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    Eight synergistic processor units enable the Cell Broadband Engine's breakthrough performance. The SPU architecture implements a novel, pervasively data-parallel architecture combining scalar and SIMD processing on a wide data path. A large number of SPUs per chip provide high thread-level parallelism. The streamlined architecture provides an efficient multithreaded execution environment for both ... View full abstract»

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  • Xbox 360 System Architecture

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):25 - 37
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    This article covers the Xbox 360's high-level technical requirements, a short system overview, and details of the CPU and the GPU. The Xbox 360 contains an aggressive hardware architecture and implementation targeted at game console workloads. The core silicon implements the product designers' goal of providing game developers a hardware platform to implement their next-generation game ambitions. ... View full abstract»

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  • Digitally Assisted Analog Circuits

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):38 - 47
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    Today's interfaces between digital and "real world" analog signals rely mainly on complex analog circuit components that strictly limit achievable power efficiency and throughput. Digitally assisted analog circuits can exploit digital circuits' high density and low energy per computation to enable a new generation of interface electronics based on minimal-precision, low-complexity analog building ... View full abstract»

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  • An Extreme Processor for an Extreme Experiment

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):48 - 57
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    Particle physics experiments stretch processing requirements to the limit, requiring the selection of extremely rare events at tens of terabytes per second. A network of 283,392 mixed-signal MIMD processors operating in parallel at 17 tbytes/s help physicists interpret data from the world's largest particle accelerator. Particle physics and heavy-ion experiments demand greater integration and fast... View full abstract»

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  • CMOS Photonics for High-Speed Interconnects

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):58 - 66
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    Luxtera has demonstrated the technology required to implement CMOS photonics, and product development is underway. It has also demonstrated all the technology required for 10-Gbps operation, in addition to that required to scale to 100 Gbps and 1 Tbps. A single 10-Gbps channel today integrates tens of optical components into a single die alongside circuitry of modest gate count, 100,000 per transc... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Information

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 67
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  • Leakage Power Analysis and Reduction for Nanoscale Circuits

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):68 - 80
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    Leakage current in the nanometer regime has become a significant portion of power dissipation in CMOS circuits as threshold voltage, channel length, and gate oxide thickness scale downward. Various techniques are available to reduce leakage power in high-performance systems View full abstract»

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  • The best patents of all

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 84
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    The author defined the most useful patent as the one whose principal element appears as an essential element in more publications than any other patent. The author found three close contenders after an extensive literature search. The top two patents address different aspects of a common substance, and the third includes a novel use of conceptual redundancy. For legal reasons, the author has been ... View full abstract»

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  • [Back inside cover]

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): c3
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Erik R. Altman
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IBM T.J. Watson Research Center