Intel is developing a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets

By Shawn Knight ยท 45 replies
Oct 31, 2012
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  1. Researchers at Intel envision a future where smartphones are powerful enough to perform tasks typically delegated to full-size computers today. And it's not just a pipe dream either - they're already working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,877   +1,298

    "..they?re already working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets designed to replace your desktop or laptop completely."

    Are they also working on a holographic 24-inch monitor, pop-out keyboard and mouse? Because w/o added miracles no phone is going to replace a real PC.
  3. I am seriously going to put a loaded gun to my head if I can keep reading retarded articles like this. First it was the article about bringing Microsoft Office to cellphones. Now, were going to bring 48-core processors into cellphones. And my only question is, to do what?

    So I can play Battlefield 3 on a 4.7" inch screen that I have to hold six-inches from my face to see?!!!!!
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 956   +515

    Software would still need to be programmed to take advantage of this, or else its useless...
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    So exactly what's the point? No software will be able to take advantage of that. In fact, most software can't take advantage of more than 2 cores as is.
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  6. All you need is a mini usb port that can interpret a 3 way split signal so you can plug in a mouse, kbd and monitor to your cell. Now you can play BF3.
  7. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    First they need to work on the software we have right now to take advantage of multiple cores. I can count on my fingers the games and software that really stretches the legs of my i7 970.
  8. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Maybe Iron Man movies keep them going. :D:p
    But I too seriously don't get the point. Why in the world would a phone or a tablet need a 48-core processor? I for one see the Cray family becoming unemployed if tablets started emulating the Big Bang.
    Even desktop apps can only make use of 4 (or was it 6?) cores AFAIK. But I guess they're hoping software compatible will be written by then.

    And unless they prove the battery life to be way better than a Galaxy S3's, I'm out of it.
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    I'd hope that this improves on the Motorola Atrix design. Where your phone is CPU and some storage. Maybe Cloud Storage will extend the phone as well. Then you simply dock at home or office and use normal keyboards and monitors while at the desk, and have the portability of the small display when you're on the go.
  10. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Or you just have a dock scenario attached to a normal keyboard/mouse/monitor and you're good to go...
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Guys... Did you miss the "ready in 5 to 10 years" part? They've got a little while to develop the parallel processing parts of the software. Multicore processors are already becoming the norm, so a natural increased progression to multi-thread software should be expected. I'd have been more shocked if in 10 years we still only had something like 4 or 8 cores as the norm.

    As for replacing your desktop or laptop... The big push is mobility and streamlined computing packages, so it's not surprising that companies are expecting the big bulky towers to wane over the next decade. Picture something like the Padphone, a small processor package that can dock into a variety of hardware to fill various roles, and you can see where things might be headed.
  12. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Exaaaactly... :)
  13. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    People read what they want to read honestly. I for one really think this will help, as it's mobile based already. Meaning even other mobile devices could possibly benefit from such tech, as it's going to no doubt be refined into their general processes. We will likely see PC's coming stock with 6 cores, instead of the usual 4 in those years ahead. Given we actually survive as a species, with the constant wars we love causing.

    There's so much planned for the future, people just are so particular in reading what they want. It's no wonder we have so many close minded people, just read between the lines and ignore the obvious. Even if they put it on a billboard, it would just be ignored despite all efforts to make you read it.
  14. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    Im sorry but a smartphone or tablet will not be able to replace my PC unless they come with some miraculous input system--touch keyboards are *****ically slow to type on.
  15. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    I'll just say one thing.. you can't fap properly with a smart phone.. end of story.
  16. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Why not just a dock at your desk that has those peripherals that you plop the phone/tablet into?
  17. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    "And it?s not just a pipe dream either - they?re already working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets designed to replace your desktop or laptop completely."


    "chip ready for prime time within five to 10 years"

    I would think, in that time, my desktop will have a 50" ultra super HD holographic screen and a 200 core processor running at 20Ghz!!!

    Point being: portable devices will NEVER replace desktops.
  18. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Portable devices have been replacing desktops since the first laptop. That doesn't mean you can't still have your 50" ultra super HD holographic screen, though. That's just peripheral that can be plugged into a portable device. As for that 200 core processor running at 20Ghz... If the software doesn't perform any better on it than on the portable device...

    Point being: Eventually portable devices will be powerful enough to handle whatever consumer software it needs to handle. Desktops will of course also be much more powerful, but won't be needed outside of super complex computational environments (maybe where some super computers are now used? Who knows?).
  19. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    because one, that will add to the additional cost, and two, they still wont have the processing power of desktops
  20. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    What will add to the cost? The dock? I don't see that as being a limiting factor. Plenty of laptops and tablets already have docks and they don't add much. The argument about processing power is irrelevant if they're both capable of doing what you, as a consumer, need it to do.
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  21. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    let me know when a phone is able to do 6-digit poly 3d modeling, REAL video editing, high res multilayer photoshop editing, and do this all with a speedy good for multitasking OS.
  22. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    All I want to know, is can this run Crysis?
    Marnomancer and St1ckM4n like this.
  23. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    I just hope it isn't the Larrabee team...
  24. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Do you really think that in 10 years, the hardware won't be capable? Look at processing power 10 years ago compared to now. Look at mobile power 10 years ago compared to now.

    But, here's the rub - by the time 10 years rolls around, what you want to do will have grown exponentially, just like the processing power. So, will a phone completely replace desktops? Hard to say, probably not. But, will that tiny processing package be more powerful than any desktop we have in use right now? Most likely. Just like today, most "power users" who actually need to do the stuff you are using as examples will have dedicated desktop powerplants to crunch the numbers. But, don't flatter yourself into thinking that you (and me, as I need that kind of power too) are in any kind of majority - 95% of the population will probably be just fine with the flat out power that little mobile package provides, in 10 years.
  25. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I think everyone here saying "oh, but programs aren't even quad-core capable today" are looking at it wrong.

    Such a phone would function more like a current server, than a client OS. The whole point of the 48 cores is to multitask lots of things at once - not run a single app at warp speed over all 48 cores.

    As current hardware is pretty limiting, the whole design and purpose of a cellphone has to change to accommodate the extra CPU power. Think something along the lines of Windows phone and the live tiles - only each tile is updated in real-time in the background.

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