Intel Working on Power Chip for Phones
48-core processor could make them main computers
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2012 11:36 AM CDT
Intel Corporation Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner shows a chip wafer of the 48-core Intel processor chip in this 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

(Newser) – Imagine if your smartphone could run multiple power-intensive apps without draining the battery or slowing everything down. Expect it in coming years if Intel is able to develop its 48-core processor chip for smartphones and tablets, reports Computer World. The chip would allow multiple cores (think of them like powerhouses) to manage tasks, rather than the two or four cores of mobile devices today. Researchers think that in the future, your smartphone will be your main computer.

"My one compute device is in my hand, and when I walk into my office, it automatically and wireless connects to my 30-inch display. I have touch, a keyboard, a mouse and voice to interact with it," theorized one analyst. The delay in its development is partly due to the fact that right now, software for tablets and smartphones isn't at a place where a 48-core processor is necessary. The story says five to 10 years is a realistic time frame. Read it in full here.

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JoeQ
Oct 31, 2012 2:20 PM CDT
Most likely those powerful chips would go into tablets and laptops first. There's a hierarchy of portability: smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop. Right now companies are trying new mixes: smartphone-tablets, tablet-laptops, laptop-desktops. How ever it all works out, the result will be easy and seamless but it probably won't fit into your hand all at once, nor should it.
DougMasters
Oct 31, 2012 12:42 PM CDT
" Researchers think that in the future, your smartphone will be your main computer" Very possible, I do do a lot of audio production, I like having a big screen and the audio equipment so I doubt I would ever use a cell phone as my main computer cause I really only sit down at my computer for that, a video game whenever I get nostalgaic and porn... Lets be honest, porn is better on bigger screens.
finkster
Oct 31, 2012 12:04 PM CDT
Who needs cell phones and computers when they'll have your brain plugged with microchips