Intel ready to unveil its multi-core roadmap

Intel is set to announce the most fundamental change in chip architecture in five years, with a platform that will underpin dual and multi-core processors for desktops, notebooks and servers.

Intel is set to announce the most fundamental change in chip architecture in five years, with a platform that will underpin dual and multi-core processors for desktops, notebooks and servers.

The chipmaker is due to unveil a comprehensive roadmap for next generation processors at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week.

The development of systems using two or more processor cores on the same chip can greatly improve application performance.

The architecture will allow applications to be designed in a way that allows them to perform several tasks simultaneously, where each core on a multicore processor can be dedicated to running different parts of the application.

The new architecture will leave users and software manufacturers grappling with licensing arrangements.

Microsoft, IBM and, most recently, Oracle have changed their licensing policies to support multi-core systems. Microsoft and Red Hat have been charging per system processor, irrespective of the number of cores.

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