Brian (digibri) wrote,
Brian
digibri

FW: An awesome processor article

The Quest for
More Processing Power, Part One: "Is the single core CPU doomed?"


This article is a bit long, but all it's claims are footnoted with
hyperlinks.
It talks about the current state of processor technology (Pentium 4 & Amd
64) and
why there is a marketing move towards dual-core processors. Then it backs
off
and talks about why "monolithic" or single-core processor technology is not
at
a current standstill and how it will progress to a 45nm process in the very
near
future (current processors use .

This is a technical article, but it has excellent explanations of the
various key
issues in processor development, namely power leakage, heat, and latency
introduced
by wire length.

It's maybe the best article written about processor technology I've seen in
the past
year or more and it is extremely current. I can't wait for the follow-up
part 2 that
will discuss dual-core CPUs.

B.
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