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R&D improved at semiconductor energy laboratory

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Japan’s Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) has purchased a high-performance computing solution consisting of an SGI Altix ICE 8400 to accelerate the research and development of semiconductor technology. The system will have 3,840 processor cores built with Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, along with up to 15TB of memory, and is projected to achieve up to a ten-fold increase in application performance over the previous solution. It will be used for research and development work on thin film integrated circuits, liquid crystal and electroluminescent displays, semiconductor thin-film transistors, solar cells, and batteries.

‘Having previously used an SGI Altix 4700 system, we wanted the fastest available cluster system for achieving the results we need, and expect to gain up to ten times the application performance over our previous system,’ said Shunpei Yamazaki, president of Japan’s Semiconductor Energy Laboratory. ‘We expect to achieve these results and more with this new system, to the benefit of our customers and the end users of the technologies we will be able to create.’

The system is expected to be in place and operational in July 2011.