Fabless Chip Design Challenges AMD, IBM and Intel In Power Efficiency

"P.A. semi, a fabless chip design company today said that its debut processor has entered the sampling phase and is shipping in small numbers to customers."

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News <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 05/02/07
Author: PV5150
Source: P.A Semi

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P.A. semi , a fabless chip design company today said that its debut processor has entered the sampling phase and is shipping in small numbers to customers. The company claims that the 2 GHz dual-core processor is four to five times more power efficient than any other processor in its class.

According to the developer, the PWRficient PA6T-1682M processor platform consumes a maximum of 25 watts and a typical 5 - 13 watts, compared to an Intel Core 2 Duo with 85 watts and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 with 95 watts, if equipped with similar components. P. A. semi, which stands for Palo Alto Semi, came out of its stealth phase in October 2005, when it first announced plans to sample PA6T-1682M in Q3 2006.

The foundation of the PA6T-1682M is IBM's power architecture, which P.A. semi has licensed from IBM. Using a 65 nm design, the 64-bit processor integrates about 200 million transistors. At the heart of the chip are two 2 GHz cores, which are connected by a 16 Gb "Connexium" interface. Connexium also connects to a 2 MB shared L2 cache, two DDR2 controllers as well as the CPU subsystems such as transaction trace memory and I/O. Both cores have access to 128 KB dedicated cache as well as built-in acceleration engines, for example for TCP/IP and security computations.

According to P.A. semi, the I/O subsystem supports eight PCI Express controllers, two 10-Gigabit Ethernet controllers and four Gigabit Ethernet controllers The design is scalable to eight cores, to 2.5 GHz clock speed and up to 8 MB L2 cache.

Traditional PCs are unlikely to see the P. A. Semi processor anytime soon. The company is trying to go after markets that have used Power processors in the past and have a need for more efficient architectures, which include segments such as telecommunications, data storage, military and embedded markets. The company also believes that the chip would be capable enough to run in game consoles - a market which is dominated by IBM's Power architecture today.

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04-02-2007, 10:02:07

I got my first job in pc repairs as an apprentice when I left school. I sent in my CV with a letter and turned up to the interview wearing a suit. The main thing I think is to make a good impression.

Altho I was an apprentice full-time and was really doing it 100% including day-release at college each week. I think given the type of job, looking for part-time isn't that good/hopefull.

You could write to them for work experience, then you have a few weeks to make a good impression on them. But I really can't see anyone getting a job in the industry being 15 and having no qualifications (yet), but also only offering 1day a week.

If you know what you're doing and can help people by repairing their pc's then maybe put some flyers around locally and make your own company. £20/hour call-out fee's etc soon add up. Esp if you're only 15.
I think before you do call-outs tho you need confidence and experience.

Being 15/16 is quite hard really, we've all been there and getting a proper job where you do what you want to do is very hard. Especially if you have no qualifications.
It's hard enough without a years experience. (which college/uni leavers even find)

Working as a computer engineer, I've found experience & interest counts for a lot. I've seen people come from university with qualifications who can't put any of it into practice and when it came down to it they couldn't cope and lasted a month or if they were lucky maybe 2months :(

04-02-2007, 10:04:39


Well i was hoping as they are a small company i could be left to install software at least :(

I dont want a boring pointless job in washing up for example, i want something to actually help me out in later life.

Well i'm afraid to say that without any qualifications or on-job training youre going to have to start of doing pretty boring + menial tasks, more for health and safety / legal reasons than anything :( Just be really eager and make it obvious that you want to learn / move up.

And I would opt for the in-person option.

04-02-2007, 11:36:38

don't get a job at the local repair shop, instead, make your own business and undercut them :)

04-02-2007, 11:49:17

I do fix relatives pcs and other electircals already, maybe i could try to expand a bit :)

04-02-2007, 12:09:05

good luck what ever you decide to do. I used to be a workshop manager, but i got really bored of it as i was in the same 4 walls for 40-50 hours a week. But thats just me. Still enjoy problem solving though.

04-02-2007, 18:19:15

start a buisiness with me :D

05-02-2007, 03:02:46

I would actually consider that mate ;)

05-02-2007, 04:17:13

everyones gota start sumwhere mate, and the bottoms the common place:p just lifes way of bein a bit*h i spose:rolleyes: but if u reli want the job the few months of doing "useless" jobs will be worth it and very quickly forgotten.

And go down in person, then u can plead ur case if needs be, instead of getin the letter back saying "thankyou for ur letter, we are sorry to say....etc etc"

05-02-2007, 04:51:41


I would actually consider that mate ;)

john would also like to help with accounting and things

05-02-2007, 06:57:10

Lets do it!

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