Intel pledges 80-core processor within five years

“Intel has built a prototype of a processor with 80 cores that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET News.

“CEO Paul Otellini held up a silicon wafer with the prototype chips before several thousand attendees at the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday. The chips are capable of exchanging data at a terabyte a second, Otellini said during a keynote speech. The company hopes to have these chips ready for commercial production within a five-year window,” Krazit reports.

Krazit reports, “Intel announced plans to have quad-core processors ready for its customers in November. An extremely fast Core 2 Extreme processor with four cores will be released then, and the newly named Core 2 Quad processor for mainstream desktops will follow in the first quarter of next year, Otellini said.”

“During the next few years, Intel wants to improve the performance per watt of power consumption of its transistors by 300 percent through new manufacturing technologies and designs, Otellini said. The next step on that road, Intel’s 45-nanometer manufacturing technology, will enable the company to build chips that deliver a 20 percent improvement in performance with five times less current leakage, he said,” Krazit reports.

Krazit reports, “But the ultimate goal, as envisioned by Intel’s terascale research prototype, is to enable a trillion floating-point operations per second–a teraflop–on a single chip. Ten years ago, the ASCI Red supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories became the first supercomputer to deliver 1 teraflop using 4,510 computing nodes.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Imagine that, a single processor that’ll be nearly capable of fully running Microsoft’s bloated Windows Aero interface.

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  1. Now dontcha think that in 10 years there will be other new technologies that will outperform that. 10 years people, that’s a lifetime in thechnology. Yes, it’s very cool, but we will never see it. and even if we did, where would you put it? in a room sized vault? think about the heat alone. Cool idea Intel, keep it up!!!! love to see the 8 in a mac pro!!!!

  2. Sure it’s cool to think what will happen in 10 years. But in the meantime we can use the current innovations to do more cool things now.

    So we’ll soon have an iPod watch / phone / music player that transmits wirelessly because the chips that are powerful enough can be made small enough and use less energy.

    I want to use new technology as soon as I think it is cost effective to give me more choices for what I want to do with my time.

  3. Quad cores “in November” … my DP G5 is So <u>r\Retro</u>! By the time I can afford/justify a new system I’ll be going from two processors to two quad-core processors? Got to invent new uses, new excuses, new pleasin’s, new reasons … ah, the wife will never by it.

  4. I was skeptical of the Intel transition, but now I am a believer! Where would we be now with IBM? Still using g4’s in the notebooks and STILL no 3Ghz g5. THe g5 was in deed a great processor, but the new dual core xeons are even better.


    funny this was, I used to hate Intel…

  5. IronMan,

    I kinda knew that, I was reffering to the amount of heat and the electricity that thing must consume. Although worth every ounce Im sure, not practical. Then again that photon stuff… you never know with all the new interconnect technology cookin… But thanks for the heads up, I was just reffering to opther things. He was holding the 80 processor deally in his hand in the picture ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />


  6. The MDN “take” was a good opportunity to relate this story to Apple and specifically the Mac. Instead they make a lame Windows joke. I think Mac geeks are more obsessed with MS, Windows, Gates, and certainly Ballmer than any Windows user. Is this what you bought a Mac to do?

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