Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2007 12:08 UTC, submitted by cragnotil
Intel Researchers at Intel are working on ways to mask the intricate functionality of massive multicore chips to make it easier for computer makers and software developers to adapt to them. These multicore chips will also likely contain both x86 processing cores, as well as other types of cores. A 64-core chip, for instance, might contain 42 x86 cores, 18 accelerators and four embedded graphics cores. In addition, Intel has updated its Itanium roadmap.
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Don't get caught up in the numbers...
by cmost on Fri 15th Jun 2007 15:06 UTC
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Much like the days when Megahertz was the prominently featured specification (and selling point) on desktop PC's, now cores seem to be the new marketing buzz word. Evidenced in part by Intel's switch to "Core 2 Duo" as its new CPU moniker as opposed to simply "Pentium 5." This is all just a marketing ploy to get home users to upgrade more frequently. How many cores does one need to type an e-mail, balance the family budget and monitor Ebay? Sure, many home users are editing video, streaming multimedia and playing high tech games in higher numbers than before but today's processors can already handle those tasks with aplomb. Users should use their common sense when purchasing new computers or considering an upgrade. Get a machine that does what you need and don't be concerned about multiple cores that won't likely be used by day to day activities anyway. For software developers thinking of utilizing multiple cores to effect fancy effects and implement useless features, try instead to make a bug free product that simply works and works well.

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