Smack my chips up
Sure, The Prodigy may be a universal processor (whatever that means), but can it drop fat beats?
Tachyum, which has been promising a "universal processor" dubbed Prodigy for the past three years, said it was one step closer to delivering on that pledge with the development of a motherboard for its FPGA emulator that allows customers to test a complete Prodigy system. Formed in 2017 by Skyera and SandForce co-founder Dr …
I don't expect we'll see any for the "greener era" or "human brain-scale AI"1 ones. What a load of rubbish that statement was, even for marketing-speak.
I don't have much hope for the performance claims, but at least they mean something.
1Though thanks to their poor understanding of the hyphen, there's no textual reason not to interpret this as "brain-scale artificial intelligence implemented using humans", which might just be achievable.
I'm baffled by this. The usually reason why hardware developers create FPGA dev boards is so that the software stacks can be developed in parallel with the hardware. But Tachyum are providing an emulation layer so customers wouldn't need to modify their software, even if they wanted to use Tachyum's ISA, it would just involve recompiling (assuming they upstreamed to LLVM or gcc...).
So why release this to customers?
The term "artificial intelligence", well understood by computer-science types, has been used for years to mislead laymen into believing that we're within a hair's breadth of building machines which are superior to human beings in understanding and creativity.
It's a lie.
We're not even close to envisioning the architecture of a machine which can out-think a person, let alone building one.
I call BS on "human brain scale AI", and note that there's still room in Transmeta's grave for a few more IT grifters.
If something like the MISTer is used, it tops out at being able to emulate a moderately paced 486. Saying that this FPGA synthesis of the chip both enables high end performance and contains x86 emulation seems very unlikely.
I'm guessing it'll contain their instruction set only, at an unremarkable speed.
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