As next year comes to a close, Intel President Paul Otellini said, more than half of the “high-performance” chips that Intel ships will have dual cores.
Intel believes the dual-core approach will let it offer greater performance for desktops and notebooks while circumventing power-consumption problems. Dual-core chips offer more performance than their single-core counterparts by adding more parallelism, or the ability to do multiple jobs simultaneously.
Those abilities would prove particularly useful inside the digital home, where consumers are expected to record television programs on PCs or use them to share video or other content with various electronic devices. The two processor cores on a dual-core chip would also run at lower clock speeds, reducing overall power consumption, even compared with a single-core chip of similar performance, Otellini said. Chip power consumption tends to rise with clock speed.
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