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IntroductionThe “big bang” that began with the invention of the microprocessor has anything but abated. In the past 10 years, rapid advances in digital technologies have continued to have enormous impact on how we live, amuse ourselves, work, socialize, and communicate. Business users and corporations have hit new levels of productivity as they’re able to tap, store, process, and exchange knowledge in the form of data that was once beyond the reach of imagination. In our homes, computers have become necessities for everything from delivering the wonders of the Internet to our doors to storing our memories, instant messaging our friends, and—through immersive 3D games—engaging our fantasies.Unlike the original Big Bang, this has been no accident. It’s been part of a roadmap of computing advances focused on using increasing processing performance to fulfill real needs, wants, and desires.Continual increases in processor clock frequency have made many of these advancements possible. Yet the next wave of advances will have a much different source. Going beyond increases in clock frequency, Intel is now putting multiple execution cores (or “computational engines”) into a single processor. This will provide even greater multiples of processing power. And it will be part of an entire platform (the Intel® multi-core platform) providing an integrated set of “ingredients” designed to seamlessly work together to maximize performance and power efficiency.Read the full Intel® Multi-Core Processors Lead the Digital Revolution White Paper.
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