Intel (INTC) is working on a 48-core processor for mobile devices, but cautions the chip is...

Intel (INTC) is working on a 48-core processor for mobile devices, but cautions the chip is years away. For 48 cores to make sense, there need to be advances in both performance needs and the ability of mobile software to split up tasks: Intel is confident new voice recognition and computer vision apps will fit the bill. Next year, Intel's Valleyview chip will deliver 4 cores on an advanced 22nm manufacturing process. Yesterday, ARM announced its Cortex-A50 cores, which will enable mobile, PC, and server processors competing with Intel's solutions.

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  • wigit5
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    Will we have tech requiring 48 cores? I'm all for advancement but going from 4- 48 in a few years seems ludicrous (spaceball fans you'll get this!)
    31 Oct 2012, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • MexCom
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    I threw away my apple core during lunch today - is that a prophecy?
    31 Oct 2012, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • jerrycalpha
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    INTC needs to loose its CISC mentality. They maybe should license the ARM instruction set, embrace and extend as B. Gates used to do with MSFT. Actually, MSFT already has a license to produce processors with the ARM set. RelStr of ARMH / INTC will be positive for now.
    31 Oct 2012, 01:24 PM Reply Like
  • TwistTie
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    This must be the new OCD processor.
    31 Oct 2012, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    I think there's an application for this, you know like in Star Wars when Luke placed his iPhone on the table and a beam shot out with a 3D image of Princess Leia warning them to find Obi Wan.
    31 Oct 2012, 01:33 PM Reply Like
  • Jeach!
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    Ah, this is all total vapor ware!


    Intel had announced a similar, but much more ambitious product many years ago. Back then it had something like 250 cores or something like that (forgot the name of it, but not like it matters). That project was a total flop and they abandoned it after spending billions in R&D.


    So now they are back again with the PR! Probably trying to make their shares go up, just in time for options season.


    Essentially, 48-core as currently developed by Intel is not feasible, so I'm guessing this is their 'stream' cores. Back in the day, they thought they were going to revolutionize the GPU industry by figuring out how to do live ray-tracing or something. Now they think they can make it a general purpose processor or what?


    Don't lose sleep over it and don't buy their stock on this bit of PR cause you'll lose money for sure.
    31 Oct 2012, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    Jeach, you're the Baghdad Bob of tech. Now how about we return to reality?


    (And it's 64 cores and 256 threads. It wasn't ever to be 250 cores.)



    1 Nov 2012, 03:13 AM Reply Like
  • txbadonetoo
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    I always enjoy short - to the point AND factual posts. Keep them coming..
    1 Nov 2012, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • Jeach!
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    Give me a break, I saw much Intel PR bragging a core or a thread as if it were an actual core. Most people, and I do mean the large majority doesn't know the difference anyway!


    But the real question is where is this darling of yours? It doesn't exist because it's not realistic and feasible! 64-cores... ha, ha! What a joke!
    2 Nov 2012, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    I was wondering what happened to you after your unfortunate accident with Saddam's statue.

    3 Nov 2012, 03:15 AM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    "If it's doing speech recognition or computer vision... that's very computational intensive," he added. "It's just not practical to just take sound and pictures and send it up to the cloud and expect that some server is going to perform those tasks. So a lot of that will be pushed out to the client devices."


    This is absolutely true, which is why one needs a local ASIC or FPGA (dense SoC with good heat dissipation). My issue with Intel's projections is that they will need to solve the dark silicon issues as well as heat dissipation on these computationally intensive chips and that has not been obvious. Also, ASR/NLP and MV are not just hardware problems that can be solved with silicon...
    31 Oct 2012, 05:31 PM Reply Like
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