Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Feb 2012 23:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that allows graphics processing units and central processing units on a single chip to collaborate - boosting processor performance by an average of more than 20 percent."
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Seems a bit specific?
by bloodline on Thu 9th Feb 2012 10:20 UTC
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Doesn't this suggest that a more generic solution would be to simply have a small ARM core on the GPU with some cache memory? That can do the "complex" functions to feed and assist the GPU... leaving the CPU free for more important tasks... Maybe the transistor budget really won't allow that, I don't know ;)

-edit- I just realised that is exactly what Broadcom have done with the chip that the Raspberry Pi team are using*! Except they are using the ARM core to run an OS ;)

*If we are to believe the Raspbery Pi team (which I do), then the chip they are using is a gfx chip with an ARM core for support, rather than a CPU with an integrated GPU...

Edited 2012-02-09 10:26 UTC

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