IT & Network Infrastructure : Intel, AMD, IBM Boosting Chip Core Count
Intel's Dec. 2 demonstration of its experimental 48-core processor is the latest step by chip makers to increase the performance and efficiency of their products by growing the number of cores that can be put onto a single silicon chip. Intel's "single-chip cloud computer" was created by Intel Lab's Tera-scale Computing Research Program, which is working to create chips with hundreds of cores. Other chip makers also are driving their core count up, from rival AMD, which is planning a 12-core processor in 2010, to IBM and Sun Microsystems. Intel is planning an eight-core "Nehalem EX" Xeon server processor for early 2010. Core count also is going up in graphics chips, which vendors like AMD and Nvidia are pushing more into mainstream computing. This slideshow shows some current and future multicore processors.