October 3rd, 2007


I, for one, welcome our new deca-quadcore automotive subjugators.

In order to "see" its environment, MIT's Talos is equipped with numerous laser range finders, radar units, Global Positioning Systems, and video cameras, explains Emilio Frazzoli, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and one of the team leaders. The researchers developed novel software - which runs on 10 quad-core computers in the Land Rover's trunk - to make sense of the incoming data and to calculate the car's next move. The 40 processors produce so much heat that the team added an air-conditioning unit to the roof of the car. (See slide show.)


Dear chip makers: If it takes ten quad core CPUs just to make a car drive itself, then you've been slacking. Get off your lazy butts, and get Moore's Law back on track!
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