Intel today gave a glimpse on its quad-core Clovertown processors, which will hit the market by early next year. By the same time they will also debut the Tigerton for servers with four or more processors.
Core expansion will be a dominant theme for Intel over the next few years, said Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner. By the end of the decade, chips with tens of cores will be possible, while in 10 years, it's theoretically possible that chips with hundreds of cores will come out, he added.
Rattner showed off a computer running two Clovertown processors.
Multiplying the number of cores brings distinct advantages. First, it cuts down overall energy consumption for equivalent levels of performance. If the recent Core Duo chips released for notebooks from Intel had only one core, the chips would consume far more power, he said.