Soft Machines claims its cutting-edge VISC CPU cores can outperform Intel, ARM in performance per watt

Feb 05, 2016
By Joel Hruska (Via Extreme Tech)

More than a year ago, we covered Soft Machines VISC (Variable Instruction Set Computing) and the company’s long-term goal to improve efficiency. VISC’s argument is that by creating a middleware software layer that can translate single-threaded code into parallel workloads that are executed by multiple virtual cores, it can improve overall execution efficiency and reduce power consumption. Or at least, that’s been the claim.

Soft Machines has now revealed more performance data on how it expects its first VISC core, Shasta, to perform, as well as information on the upcoming Shasta+ and Tahoe CPUs.

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