Tilera, the crazy processor maker has said that it will release a 100 core chip later this year after promising us one since 2009. The TILE-Gx range was supposed to come out in 16, 36, 64, and 100 core models. While the 16, 36, and 64 core models have come out the more headline grabbing 100 core chip has not been seen.
According to Wired,
Tilera plans to ship the 100-core TILE-Gx later this year and the company's next line, code-named Stratton and set for release in 2013. This will allow the TILE-GX to expand its range from as four and as many as 200 cores. Tilera will move from a 40-nm to a 28-nm process which means that it can stuff more circuits into the same area.
Apparently the 64-core Tilera TILEPro64 yielded at least 67 percent higher throughput than low-power x86 servers.
Facebook also looked at these processors apparently to deploy them in their farm of servers. It's tests did reveal one of the problems that the chip has. Its processor cores can only address about 4GB of memory.
The 100 core procs should be out this year as Tilera said. Imagine such power in your laptop one day.. its coming.