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

(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.

Intel Corporation Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner shows a chip wafer of the 48-core Intel processor chip in this 2009 file photo.
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)
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