DSPs for the Enterprise?

Arthur Cole

It looks like more challengers are lining up to knock the CPU off the enterprise throne.

A little while back, I blogged on NVIDIA's recent success bringing its GPU technology to general data processing. So much success, in fact, that Intel is seeking legal action to prevent the company from muscling in on its Core i7 action.

Now it seems that some firms are turning to the digital signal processor (DSP) for the same purpose. Texas Instruments is said to be building a new software framework that would use DSPs for high-end Linux operations. Other companies like Tensilica and SiCortex are drawing attention to their DSP designs due to their low power consumption and easily configured cores.

At the moment, DSPs are typically found in research labs and supercomputer shops -- the kinds of places where operators have the time and inclination to write new software code for the devices.

But if the benefits prove too great to ignore in the data center, they just might start showing up in the enterprise soon.

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