Intel revealed researchers at its lab in Barcelona are developing testing a prototype of a single-chip cloud computer in an effort to pave the way for the creation of 48-core mobile processors. Mobile chips with that many cores open up new opportunities, but the chip giant added that it could be 5 to 10 years before this products hits the market. Full details at ComputerWorld.
Justin Rattner, Intel's CTO, told Computerworld that a 48-core chip for small mobile devices could hit the market "much sooner" than the researchers' 10-year prediction.
"I think the desire to move to more natural interfaces to make the interaction much more human-like is really going to drive the computational requirements," he said. "Having large numbers of cores to generate very high performance levels is the most energy efficient way to deliver those performance levels."
Rattner said functions such as speech recognition and augmented reality will push the need for more computational power.