Deliver Your News to the World

Raytheon Company Introduces First-Of-Its-Kind MONARCH Processor


EL SEGUNDO, Calif.,-- The world’s first
computers whose architecture can adopt different forms depending on their
application have been developed by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).
Dubbed MONARCH (Morphable Networked Micro-Architecture) and developed
to address the large data volume of sensor systems as well as their signal
and data processing throughput requirements, it is the most adaptable
processor ever built for the Department of Defense, reducing the number of
processor types required. It performs as a single system on a chip,
resulting in a significant reduction of the number of processors required
for computing systems, and it performs in an array of chips for teraflop
"Typically, a chip is optimally designed either for front-end signal
processing or back-end control and data processing" explained Nick Uros,
vice president for the Advanced Concepts and Technology group of Raytheon
Space and Airborne Systems. "The MONARCH micro-architecture is unique in
its ability to reconfigure itself to optimize processing on the fly.
MONARCH provides exceptional compute capacity and highly flexible data
bandwidth capability with beyond state-of-the-art power efficiency, and
it’s fully programmable"
In addition to the ability to adapt its architecture for a particular
objective, the MONARCH computer is also believed to be the most power-
efficient processor available.
"In laboratory testing MONARCH outperformed the Intel quad-core Xeon
chip by a factor of 10" said Michael Vahey, the principal investigator for
the company’s MONARCH technology.
MONARCH’s polymorphic capability and super efficiency enable the
development of DoD systems that need very small size, low power, and in
some cases radiation tolerance for such purposes as global positioning
systems, airborne and space radar and video processing systems.
The company has begun tests on prototypes of the polymorphic MONARCH
processors to verify they’ll function as designed and to establish their
maximum throughput and power efficiency. MONARCH, containing six
microprocessors and a highly interconnected reconfigurable computing array,
provides 64 gigaflops (floating point operations per second) with more than
60 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth and more than 43 gigabytes per
second of off-chip data bandwidth.
The MONARCH processor was developed under a Defense Advanced Research
Project Agency (DARPA) polymorphous computing architecture contract from
the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
led an industry team with the Information Sciences Institute of the
University of Southern California to create the integrated large-scale
system on a chip with a suite of software development tools for programs of
high value to the Department of Defense and commercial applications.
Besides USC major subcontractors included Georgia Institute of Technology,
Mercury Computer Systems and IBM’s Global Engineering Solutions division.


This news content was configured by WebWire editorial staff. Linking is permitted.

News Release Distribution and Press Release Distribution Services Provided by WebWire.