Intel is busy experimenting with a 1000 Core processor on the architecture for the 48 core single chip Cloud Computer Processor. In the year 2009 itself, Intel launched their experimental 48 Core central processing unit (CPU) on a stamp sized piece of silicon. What is really interesting is the processing capability of this 48 core CPU chip, with amazing power management and power consumption features of the same. So, a 6 core or 4 core chip from Intel with speeds and performance capabilities is the foregone conclusion.
The CPU competition has gone manifold into the number of processors that can be squeezed into a single chip and the concurrent speeds of processing is what is the cutting edge technology in mainstream processing production capabilities. In fact, Tilera, the company has claims of production of 36 Core and 64 Core chips, and have even announced a 100 Core processor on the anvil. NVIDIA is claimedly working on a 512 Core Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Working hand–in-hand with Microsoft and various cloud computing technologies, Intel strives to retain its position as the best, and most ingenious processor manufacturer around.
The concept of requirement of less cooling and reducing power consumption against the erstwhile higher and highest frequency race, maximizing processing capacity in smaller and smaller data centers, is what Intel is beating the competition to it, at.
Ranging from the revolution in 1969, with their Intel 4004 processor introduced in 1971 commercially, with 2300 transistors and 10 Micron Silicon technology, Intel have, over various steps grown to the 3 GHz, speed, with 820,000,000 transistors and the 45nm silicon thickness technology in their Core 2 Quad processors in the year 2007. The transition from 1969 to 2007, in 38 years, with technology changing at breakneck speed is something to reckon with.
Multi-core processor chips, principally are designed to do more work per clock cycle, run at lower frequencies, with each core behaving like a discrete logical processor with multiple threads to share the core’s resources. HT technology or Hyper Threading technology gave birth to this need. In fact, Hyper Threading technology allows maximization of performance by splitting the resources of each core, in the multi-core technology system. This logical evolution of Hyper Threading technology has brought about various software vendors like Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat and others to develop software, treating the multi-core processor as a single central processing unit.