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Polish Engineers Design World’s Fastest Processor
May 31, 2012   
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Polish engineers from the Digital Core Design company in Bytom, southern Poland, have astonished the electronic community worldwide with their DQ80251 microprocessor, which needs less energy to perform more computing operations within a shorter time frame.

The processor was unveiled in March at the CeBIT (Centrum der Büro- und Informationstechnik) IT and telecommunications technology fair in Hanover, Germany. Tests performed with the independent Dhrystone 2.1 benchmark program have proved that the Polish processor is indeed 56.8 times faster than its competition. The DQ80251 was designed and built by Tomasz Krzy¿ak, Piotr Kandor and Jacek Hanke from Digital Core Design, a company that the three engineers established in 1999. All three are graduates of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice.

“We have designed and modeled digital systems for 12 years,” said Hanke. “We have so far come up with several different processor architectures, but the latest processor is the most spectacular one.” It is a derivative of the 8051 architecture which has been highly popular in electronics since the 1980s. The new processor features a radically modernized structure with a standard set of executable instructions. The way it is constructed makes it easy to use for those who are familiar with the 8051 family.

“What is inventive about the processor is that we have completely redefined and redeveloped its internal architecture so as to gain the maximum performance attainable for it,” Hanke said. “The goal was for the processor to perform all operations faster and yet use less energy than other commercially available processors.”

While the original 8051 processor had a clock frequency of 12 MHz, the DQ80251 can develop 300 MHz and is up to 1,400 times more efficient. This means that it needs less than a second to perform an operation that would normally take 30 minutes. The DQ80251 is designed for use not only with state-of-the-art applied electronics such as telephones, smartphones, satellite devices and electronic toys, but also with complicated devices used in industry and laboratories.

Cutting-edge electronic devices are expected to live up to ever-increasing demands. People want them to work faster, ensure attractive display options, support a growing variety of applications, ensure internet access at very high bit rates and so on. At the same time, the batteries in the devices are expected to require charging as seldom as possible.

The DQ80251 processor has met with huge interest on markets for electronics in both Poland and abroad. According to Hanke, the engineers have been in talks with a number of companies. “But it takes time before a processor can be put into use in selected devices,” Hanke said. “We will not be able to tell in how many devices it has been used until several months from now, if not more than a year. Our earlier projects, in turn, have been in operation in thousands of devices around the world and the number of microchips containing integrated circuits of our design totals hundreds of millions.”
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