Intel hints at 48-core mobile processors, to materialize within 5 to 10 years

Intel hints at 48-core mobile processors, to materialize within 5 to 10 years
Think that quad-core processor inside your smartphone or tablet is so awesome? Well, sooner or later, it is about to be dwarfed by newer, more potent silicon. And that's inevitable. You see, technology nowadays evolves rapidly, and what is now cutting-edge hardware usually becomes a mid-range product in about a year.

So can you imagine what the state of mobile processors will be in, let's say, five to ten years? Intel is already visualizing that and it sees 48-core processors powering both smartphones and tablets. That's twelve times as many as there are in a high-end chip available today! Needless to say, having so many cores on a single piece of silicon would allow smartphones and tablets to handle CPU-intensive tasks with ease by splitting the workload. For example, if someone is watching a high-resolution video, each frame could be decoded by an individual core. Advanced tasks that currently require processing to be offloaded to a computer in the cloud will be performed offline. All the while, Intel promises that such chips will be energy efficient.

However, there are a few obstacles in the way, and one of the most significant ones is the software used on smartphones and tablets today. Simply put, the code is not yet optimized to distribute tasks among so many cores. In fact, even consumer-grade desktop operating systems aren't ready for such chips. That's why we'll have to settle down with what we have today and wait patiently for researchers to finish their work. In the meantime, what cool uses of that processing power can you think of? 3D object recognition? Augmented reality? Protein folding simulations? Let us know down in the comments!

source: Computer World via Electronista

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31 Comments

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

48 cores my ass..

25. I_KNowBetter

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

seeing how clunky android is- in they need all the help they can get just to not lag...LOL Intel knows this!

28. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

If intel forgot, 48 cores needs a battery that'd charge at about 50% capacity, SO IM NOT CARRYING A 1/2 CHARGED CAR BATTERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

29. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The amount of cores does not automatically equal battery hog. Actually, quite the opposite is true. For instance, the Tegra 3 processor uses the same A9 cortex architecture as the Tegra 2, but is more battery efficient. Part of the reason for that is because the quad-core processor evens out the energy intensive operations over four cores instead of two cores. Best summation of what I'm trying to say is actually in that article: "Ramirez also said that instead of one core working at near top capacity and using a lot of energy, many cores could run in parallel on different projects and use less energy. 'The chip also can take the energy and split it up and distribute it between different applications,' he added."

2. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

I'm all for innovation, but damn. lol

3. Jamus

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Will that come with a car battery to power me through the day?

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

When will people start to understand that more cores does not necessarily equate to higher battery usage?

12. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hopefully before we find a better way to make batteries. Hard to move onto level 2 when level 1 just never stuck.

15. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

it might not relate exactly, but phone batteries do need to get bigger. Im sure a 48 core processor uses more power than a single core processor, but not 48 times the amout

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

There are so many factors that go into this, but yes, a 48-core processor will more than likely use more power than a single. However, if used efficiently & threaded properly, a quad-core processor could easily use less juice than a single.

20. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Post a picture of your CPU degree please

24. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You don't need a degree to know stuff moron. Do research. Learn.

26. thief-thief

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

oh yeah you guys are all engineers and experts because you read from blog sites and post your crappy opinions

30. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did I say we were professionals? No. I only said it doesn't take a piece of paper to know things. Especially something as simple as CPU scaling. If this seems over your head then just leave it be to those who are interested. You don't have to be here, you don't have to read comments.

4. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

its just to much.... unless they will have a verey uniq UI that need all that cores

5. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Over kill.. and thats that..

31. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Thums down for what?...Damn u trolls :P

6. MeoCao unregistered

I think Intel must intrduce viable competitor to ARM based 4-core CPUs first, and worry about 48 core wonder later.

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Why dont they come up with a revolutionary battery with a 20 day talktime. i dont see the point of haveing a 50 core processor when the phone can last for a day with only mild usage.

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

48 cores then you will have avatar like animations

10. harsh_doshi

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

the code is not optimized to handle so many cores? i thought wp8 can run on upto 64cores...

21. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

lol..

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I think mobile developers are more apt to adapt. The market is quicker and so they have to too. While 48 cores seems doubtful since PC's have been sitting at 4-8 for a few years, I get that maybe eventually it'll happen but not in the time frame Intel gave. I really would like to see more apps and more so the OS take advantage of multiple cores and hyper-threading. Intel's new processors will have HT and I'm sure won't do as well as they could because the software just isn't there yet. Hopefully soon though.

13. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Intel....what are you doing, intel....staaaahp

14. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

and the battery life is............

16. ilia1986 unregistered

10. 9 8

22. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

just 10 9 will have to wait one more year

18. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Battlefield 3 ULTRA graphics on smartphones? Yes please!

19. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

You guys don't know what you are talking about. For example, in the 2000s. 1ghz pentium 4 was like so freaking high tech. Then came dual cores, which could make UIs run on more resources, better game graphics with better graphic cards. As hardware improves, so does software.

23. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

So we won't need computers and laptops in the near future??????

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