AMD will provide quad-core by 2007, has plans for 16 cores

By Derek Sooman on
AMD has promised to provide quad-core processors on a single chip within two years. The company also claims that its 64-bit architecture will evolve to encompass greater features and greater scalability, moving from dual-core towards four or more processor cores on a single chip. AMD even have plans on the drawing board for a chip with 16 cores, and will further develop virtualization in their chips to enable a machine to run multiple operating systems efficiently and smoothly.

AMD have also placed much emphasis on mobile computing, and have been investing heavily in mobile CPUs. There are plans afoot to get technology in place to boost processor efficiency in order to extend battery power of notebook computers.

This year, the company is "headed toward" enabling four-hour battery life in notebooks. The company expects to enable five hours of battery life next year and six hours or more by 2007.

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