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LGA 775 still makes up 65 percent of Intel's market today

"In Q4 2010 a massive 65 percent of all Intel desktop CPUs are socket 775 based. This is the Core 2 Duo / Quad and current Celeron socket. Amazingly the Core i 2010 generation with all the Core i3, i5 and i7, even some Pentiums holds a meager 27 percent share of the market.

Intel: 1,000-core processor possible

"An experimental Intel chip shows the feasibility of building processors with 1,000 cores, an Intel researcher has asserted. The architecture for the Intel 48-core Single Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) processor is "arbitrarily scalable," said Intel researcher Timothy Mattson, during a talk at the Supercomputer 2010 conference being held this week in New Orleans." "This is an architecture that could, in principle, scale to 1,000 cores," he said.

Researchers harness chaos theory for new class of CPUs

"Those who think of chaos as completely unpredictable are likely to be wondering how unpredictable behavior can be used to perform logic operations. But chaos theory isn't concerned with unpredictability; instead, it focuses on what are called nonlinear functions, ones where the ultimate output is very sensitive to the initial conditions. When you can control the initial conditions, you can still predict the output.

Enter the AMD Komodo 8-core Fusion

"AMD plans an eight-core 32nm processor codenamed Komodo. It is based on the Bulldozer core and it will have DirectX 11 capable GPU. This of course comes after the 2011 Bulldozer launch, a new CPU architecture that will test the 32nm process at GlobalFoundries. Zambezi is the first Bulldozer to launch in four- and eight-core versions, but this one won' have an integrated graphics core." | more

Pentium 6960 comes in Q1 2011

"Intel is still tweaking its roadmap and it appears that it is planning to launch the fastest Pentium to date. Intel currently sells Pentium 6950 for around €70 and for this price you can get a dual-core "Clarkdale" 32nm with integrated graphics and 2.8GHz clock speed. In the US the same CPU sells at $99.99, which seems quite high." | more

AMD Says That CPU Core Race Can't Last Forever

"We thought we were going to build a 10GHz chip. It was only when we discovered that they would get so hot it would melt through the Earth, that we decided not to do that," Newell said, jokingly, in an interview with IDG. Now it's about who has more cores, but Newell doesn't see that continuing indefinitely. "There will come an end to the core-count wars. I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade," said Newell.

Intel Reports Record $11.1 Billion Revenue

"Intel reported that third-quarter revenue exceeded $11 billion for the first time, up 18 percent year-over-year to $11.1 billion. The company reported operating income of $4.1 billion, net income of $3.0 billion and earnings per share of 52 cents." | more

Why CPUs Aren't Getting Any Faster

"In fact, the next-generation of CPUs, including Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processor, have to contend with multiple walls--a memory bottleneck (the bandwidth of the channel between the CPU and a computer's memory); the instruction level parallelism (ILP) wall (the availability of enough discrete parallel instructions for a multi-core chip) and the power wall (the chip's overall temperature and power consumption)..." | more

Intel Charging $50 to Unlock CPU's

Another questionable idea from Intel this year. How long before someone hacks the codes and everyone upgrades extra power for free?

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