Multicore NZ

July 8, 2009

Grand Central = Grand Challenge for the iPhone?

Filed under: Models, Multicore — multicoreblog @ 9:49 am

Apple is releasing Snow Leopard later this year. There is a good post at Apple blog about the context of what will change for the end user of a Mac. It is worth read it until the last paragraph, which says

The Future

“Things get a little more interesting when you consider that future iPhones will likely have multi-core CPU’s and that Intel is advising developers to prepare for a future with “thousands of cores” available. Add in something like Larrabee, which presents dozens of additional cores to the system, and the wisdom of a systemwide approach to managing threads becomes apparent.”

All the developers that are currently working on applications for the iPhone, are aware of this future?

For example, what about the “iFund”?

-yes, it exists.

It is a venture capital fund managed by KPCB (a major VC firm in Silicon Valley, but its history is extra this blog: well before they funded Google they were creating Tandem and Genentech)

Their site says:


“KPCB’s iFund™ is a $100M investment initiative that will fund market-changing ideas and products that extend the revolutionary new iPhone and iPod touch platform. The iFund™ is agnostic to size and stage of investment and will invest in companies building applications, services and components. Focus areas include location based services, social networking, mCommerce (including advertising and payments), communication, and entertainment. The iFund™ will back innovators pursuing transformative, high-impact ideas with an eye towards building independent durable companies atop the iPhone / iPod touch platform.”

“A revolutionary new platform is a rare and prized opportunity for entrepreneurs, and that’s exactly what Apple has created with iPhone and iPod touch,” said John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “We think several significant new companies will emerge as this new platform evolves, and the iFund™ will empower them to realize their full potential.”

“Developers are already bursting with ideas for the iPhone and iPod touch, and now they have the chance to turn those ideas into great companies with the help of world-class venture capitalists,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait to start working with Kleiner Perkins and the companies they fund through this new initiative.”

It will be interesting to see how these new ventures will adjust/adapt/take advantage (or not) of the multicore iPhone platform…

Nicolas Erdody

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