For chip maker, ‘crowdfunding’ computes
Adapteva raised nearly $900,000 on Kickstarter to fund a new computer, Parallella, that uses a tiny, super-efficient processing chip to conduct highly specialized tasks. Like a high-end desktop computer, it can run billions of calculations per second. But where a typical PC uses 100 watts of power or more, Parallella will require just 5 watts. By connecting multiple units, a user could build a supercomputer that would be extremely energy-efficient.