With More Cores, the Cell Phone Closes in on the Computer

Intel's Paul Otellini said on Tuesday night that the chip firm would release a dual-core Atom chip during the second quarter. Intel won't be alone in adding more cores for mobile devices, smartphones could get multiple cores by the end of this year or in 2011.…

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Who Will Reap the Rewards of the Internet’s Hardware Upgrade?

Although software is the most important ingredient of the next-generation Internet – from web applications to cloud-computing platforms – hardware vendors are not shy about marketing their wares as integral parts of the equation. Lately, Cisco claimed it will revolutionize the Internet with its CRS-3 router, and startups like Tilera are shilling new RISC-based many-core chips. If we accept the premise that hardware upgrades are necessary, the question remains as to who will sell us this new gear.…

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