CPUs to reach 5GHz with 100 cores?

By Justin Mann on February 27, 2006, 1:04 PM
Are processors running at clock speeds of 5GHz in our near future? Quite likely, and even though the industry has encountered walls many times before when it came to clock speed limits, new advancements in processes and new materials have continually allowed for faster chips. Intel has in the past demonstrated ALUs operating at 10GHz, and it seems that 5GHz is actually closer than we expected, despite no desktop CPU being above 4GHz (aside from overclocking). In response to Intel talking about the production of 45nm SRAM, several companies have brought some promising news:

But IBM, for example, said this week it will defy "conventional wisdom" and print circuits with 30-nanometer ridges, a third of the size of the 90-nm chips in production today, using current lithography imaging processes.
Also this week, Dutch-based lithography equipment maker ASML Holding NV demonstrated its 42-nm production process and said it had the equipment to make 35-nm chips.

Which means while we can expect multi core chips to continue to be all the rave, single-threaded applications will also still get boosts. Intel also claims that we may see 100 cores on a single CPU in a decade, though even a tenth of that would be incredibly impressive. The future of CPUs continues to look bright, despite the warnings of the impending wall continuing to be made.

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Skyfrog said:
100 cores, yeah right...
DragonMaster said:
[quote] 100 cores, yeah right...[/quote]Makes a lot of graphs in taskman...What is he trying to say, that they will reach it with 100 50MHz cores?Oh, read the site, they want to make 100-core CPUs at 5GHz each... Yes, powerful, but computers will need to have a 50A 240V breaker with a compressor or two in the case to A/C the CPU.
mentaljedi said:
It is realistic. I mean, look! The internet was nothing 10 years ago and we were running on Windows 95. Or was that after? In any case, a lot can happen! But i think by the time it gets to 100 cores, they'll create a whole new desgin that doesn't use 'cores' as such if you know waht i mean.
spike said:
By the time it gets that far, It wouldn't be suprising to me at least to see the CPU (DC or otherwise) be replaced by a hardware equivelent to a proccessing cluster - we'd be looking at some pretty serious BOINC stats!!!
nathanskywalker said:
Did i hear "30 nm"....wow....i am no expert, but wow. i guess that's "only" 15 nanmoteres smaller...yeah there was some sarcasim in there. Gosh, that is amazingly small. considering the average human blood cell is 4,000-6,000 nm...i think those were the numbers anyway. Gosh, must say that i am impressed.
PanicX said:
Yea yea, I'm still wating for the flying cars promised 20 years ago.
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