Advancing the Computer Chip of the Future

Story by Cassandra Mainiero , Mr. Edward Lopez (IMCOM)
Edited by Jessica L. Tozer

As the power and popularity of mobile devices grows, so does the desire for faster data processing without consuming much power.

With more and more technologies become vulnerable to cyber attacks, it’s a part of the cybersecurity mission to create new and more effective technologies.  The HyperX computer chip technology, under development by researchers at Picatinny Arsenal holds the promise to deliver that goal for both commercial and military users.

The small, HyperX chip was intentionally designed to meet high volume, low power processing requirements.

Although military communications equipment is a key area for use of the technology, it could be used in soldier-wearable and mobile devices that may require high-rate spectral image acquisition with embedded processing, along with massive data storage, processing and retrieval applications.

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny recently won the 2013 Federal Laboratory Consortium Northeast Region Award for its excellence in technology transfer as demonstrated by its HyperX chip technology.

Development of the technology has been propelled by Small Business Innovative Research funding from ARDEC and other funding sources.

HyperX technology has primarily seen use in military applications, including software-defined radio, portable and remote sensor systems, radar, multi-modal sensor systems, surveillance receivers, and anti-jam Global Positioning System.

The HyperX low power processor chip, developed by ARDEC and its commercial partner, Coherent Logix, is a massively parallel memory/processor network.

It allows many processing elements to operate together as a single unit, creating a processor that is capable of 50,000 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) with a total power consumption ranging from 75 mW to 3.5 W.

Further, the input/output structure can reach the enormous rate of 168 gigabytes per second over 24-16 bit wide channels. HyperX is the core processor poised to replace older, tried-and-true technology.

The powerful HyperX offers three major advantages over technology currently in use: massive processing at a low power by a small chip.

The HyperX processor helps to address one of the challenges in a data-centric battlefield of processing a large amount of data in real time at an affordable power for deriving actionable information.

In doing so, it is an enable to “data-to-data decision, one of the seven research priorities at the Department of Defense.  A cost-effective technology like this can do more than just work better, faster, stronger.  Having this kind of high speed technology helps deter and combat cyber attacks as well.

This reconfigurable technology helps to meet emergent threats and supports field upgrades.  In addition, it lowers system lifecycle costs, produces high-quality systems, and results in a rapid development process.

Yet, it also has potential commercial applications, such as video and image processing, encryption, data compression, as well as industrial and medical imaging.

Recent commercial applications include a “cognitive” radio network, intelligent solid state storage and 3G and 4G wireless networks. Potential uses include industrial and medical imaging.

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ARDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America’s soldiers. 

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness — technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment — to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

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  • Gerardo

    Misleading. ARDEC win the tech transfer award for “foamed celluloid and its application to propellant packaging” not for hyperX. And I’m not sure if this cop plays any roll at all in cybersecurity!