In the early 2000s we hit a power "wall" and decided to scale it by putting multiple processor cores on a single chip. But the multi-core era is running into limitations, and it's time to start planning for a "new era" in which design innovation will fuel performance growth, according to Design Automation Conference (DAC 2012) keynote speaker Joshua Friedrich (right), senior manager of POWER technology development in IBM's Server and Technology Group.
Friedrich gave the first part of a two-speaker keynote titled "Designing High Performance Systems-on-Chip" June 6. Brad Heaney, Intel Architecture group product manager, gave the second part, which showed how Intel developed the 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor (code named Ivy Bridge). Both speeches are available in a video recording at the DAC web site. This blog post focuses on Friedrich's talk.