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Intel Debuts 48 Core Processor

Gordon Kelly


Rocking a dual core processor right now? Maybe a quad core? Amateurs. Today Intel has announced a 48 core CPU the size of a postage stamp...

The experimental Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC) goes by the development name of 'Rock Creek' and is fabricated at 45nm packing in a whopping 1.3 billion transistors. You'd think this would require its own power plant to run, but instead uses just 125 watts which is less than a Core i9 and roughly the same as two household light bulbs. Intel isn't stopping there either with an 80 core CPU the goal for 2011.

“With a chip like this, you could imagine a cloud datacenter of the future which will be an order of magnitude more energy efficient than what exists today, saving significant resources on space and power costs," said Intel CTO Justin Rattner. "Over time, I expect these advanced concepts to find their way into mainstream devices, just as advanced automotive technology such as electronic engine control, air bags and anti-lock braking eventually found their way into all cars."

Sometimes I really love technology...

In related news Intel has launched a software developer's kit for the Atom. Designed for Windows and Moblin based netbooks, the SDK comes in C and C++ editions and aims to help better optimised apps for Intel's weedy CPU. Grab the beta from the Atom Developer Program now.


Press Release


December 4, 2009, 1:31 am

so coupling this with a fair chunk of RAM would mean we could finally handle a set of respectably sized spreadsheets?

Peter 20

December 4, 2009, 2:19 am

Holy macro my socks just blue off...


December 4, 2009, 2:21 am

Yay now 98% of games/programs can not use 47 cores instead of 3!


December 4, 2009, 9:46 pm

I'm probably just being ignorant (and admittedly I am a skeptic of cloud computing) but I don't understand the repeated references to cloud, even in the name. Surely it's simply a much more efficient professor and could therefore be put to various uses, not simply cloud-related ones?

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