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. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    What they need is to increase the speed of the processor. Intel isn't even in the phone market now. Why don't they increase ghz again?
  2. 8 core processor for PC is still new, now they're developing 48-cores processor on smartphone and tablets? from 8 (PC) to 48 (smartphone/tablet) that's what we call it quantum leap in technological advancement :D
  3. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    48-cores huh? This sounds like Single-chip Cloud Computer that Intel has been working on for about 4 years or so. Maybe they just managed to shrink it small enough to be useful in phones or tablets and refocused its use.
  4. ---> Guys... Did you miss the "ready in 5 to 10 years" part?

    unfortunately, you'll see plenty much of these people nowadays. Some of them trolled others without reading carefully, don't know what happen with their eyes or maybe they just can't read.
  5. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Where is the improvement in just your overclocking? Sure you're processing a lot faster, but also note the larger toll it is on a battery. Sure in 5-10 years batteries will improve most likely, still how is a higher clock speed useful? Ever note how even a blazing fast PC at current core count, will eventually choke trying to process too much? That's the reason for the extra dense core structure, so you can multi-task without loss of performance.

    I might be slightly wrong here, but doesn't a quad-core usually beat a dual-core? When it comes down to multi-tasking, dual-cores eventually struggle. Throw in a HT and it can still perform, but you see the point I hope. Cores do matter in the long term goal, video especially can really use those cores. So sure a speed boost can help, even when it's a dual vs quad kind of competition. Just eventually speed alone won't matter, and the system starts to slowly die under it's work load.
  6. "Oh no technology is advancing and improving! I better complain!"
    Seriously guys?
  7. nzm0n5t3r

    nzm0n5t3r TS Rookie

    Nothing's overkill.

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 152   +10

    If I could connect a high powered phone to my 23" monitor with keyboard and mouse support, through some kind of dock whilst having a choice of my favorite OS, and then having the ability to play BF3 level games. I would be happy!
    Archean and treeski like this.
  9. license27kill

    license27kill TS Member Posts: 70

    ..because Quad-core is too mainstream... lol
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    As Intel gets behind in the mobile market, losing its position quickly, they came up with this lame idea to boost public's attention to themselves.

    The article, of course, is absurd, same as the idea itself. Our desktops fail to take full advantage of 8-core systems, nevermind 12-core ones that one gets from Intel today (counting the Hyper-Threading).
  11. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    I am very sure this isn't even standard Intel R&D making this, it seems like Intel's Tera-Scale R&D Program which has been working on things like this for years now. Their entire goal since they started was to make CPUs that can scale to huge amounts of cores (I think 1,000 cores is a goal for them) and this might just be a side thing for them. As for software, well if the hardware isn't seen as coming eventually then why would software makers make their software work with many cores? This is proof of concept stuff that will lead the way for better OSes eventually that can make use of all these cores.
  12. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Why? Seems a bit over the top.
  13. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Maybe they've decided to take the AMD route: MOAR CORES!
  14. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    I have 16 threads (8 hyper thread cores) on my workstation. It's kinda silly unless you're running threaded applications because otherwise I might as well just have 1 core. But if Windows could dynamically assign processes to threads I could see a benefit.
    treetops likes this.
  15. Need moar cores for playing crysis!!
  16. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    When they came out with duo core phone processors I was thinking facepalm why not just skip to 8 or even 4? I suppose they need to squeeze every last cent out of the consumer.
  17. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Booster Posts: 227   +7

    In all seriousness and joking aside, I believe we will eventually be able to run crysis on our phones.
  18. Have you heard of the Ubuntu on Android project, that could really use some more powerful cpu's in phones
  19. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    If you remember Intel's first dual core CPU was just 2 normal CPUs glued together so putting 6 or 8 of them together would not have worked out well. Even their Core 2 Quads were just 2 dual cores on top of each other, these types of things work in stages you can't jump to 16 core without making sure that 2 cores work without blowing up.
  20. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Booster Posts: 101   +10

    I want a 48 core desktop or laptop before I want a 48 core phone or pad.

    48 cores in a desktop/laptop allows for running lots of background apps, eg virtual machines. You could implement your own private cloud using 48 cores. Great as a development server or small business server to host an entire business. Cloud in a box.
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164


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