Posted on Friday, July 22 2005 @ 21:57:06 CEST by LSDsmurf
What happens when the processor operating frequency has hit a wall and there's too much a price to pay for more performance? The answer lies in parallelism and dual-core processors are clearly the way to go if the chip giant intends to further increase the performance of current desktop computers. Although the frequency scalability of the Pentium processor is still possible, the amount of heat generated and the power required to drive the processor would be too much for a typical desktop to handle. In the end, it makes more sense to develop a smarter way to get processors to handle greater workloads and that is through parallelism..