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Old 03-04-2005, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Intel's 100-core chip

Those of you who just do a bit of web surfing, typing and e-mail may be struggling to figure out how to get a little more out of that new 3.6GHz chip. Have no fear. In ten years time, you can try and figure out how to use 100 core processors many, many times more powerful than your current Pentium.

So said Intel senior fellow Justin Rattner today at the Intel Developer Forum. Intel is one of a number of companies turning today's single core processors into dual-core, four-core and then multicore chips. Much of this horsepower is aimed at the server market where some customers clamor for as much juice as possible. Rattner, however, thinks consumers can make use of the technology as well.

"Imagine a home that helps you live a healthy lifestyle," he said, during a keynote address. "It actually monitors as you live (and) looks for signs of early disease."

So there's Intel's 100-core chip helping your toilet examine the morning delivery for signs of blood or god knows what else. The powerful toilet can call the doctor and schedule an appointment if it notices suspicious stool - checking, of course, with your online calendar for an appropriate time. Or, should you collapse right then and there, the toilet can call for an ambulance. Brilliant!

All kidding aside, such a toilet could be helpful and even witty. Who wouldn't want a reminder like, "Easy, big boy. The 10 oz cut will do next time." in the morning. Or even, "You've got mail and a herpes outbreak."

Intel Inside indeed.

Rattner continued on by promising that future computers will use multi-core chips to deliver voice and sight interfaces beyond today's boring GUI.

"Instead of file not found, (the computer will ask), "Did you mean this or that?" he said. "Much like Google does today but expanded a hundred times."

As always seems to happen in these types of speeches, Rattner was forced to point to today's video gamers as the major users of fast PCs in the consumer market. They'll be the ones loving multi-core chips. What companies like Intel, Dell and Microsoft would do without gamers is beyond us. The futurists sure struggle on their own to talk about anything other than really smart fridges, toasters and walls.

Will these gamers help deliver intelligent toilets to people everywhere? Looks like it. 2015 can't come soon enough.
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It seems to me Gamers like us and high-end computer users are pulling the market along while normal people (at least 90% of the buyers) dont need it. Someone word-processing, looking at photos, and surfing the net can do that easily with a 1.5ghz while advertisements tell them they need a 3.6ghz. This happens all the time ofc with everything but it seems to me that it applies greatly to computers.
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Them having 3.6ghz browsing machinnes helps keep prices down for us though
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True, and this day and age with every 5' 6" mom with an Expedition or bigger everyone NEEEEEDS to have the best even when they dont NEED it. City people cannot condone the use of SUV's, rarely is a minivan not enough. You people do not need to get unstuck (nor could they anyway) or anything, where I live its somewhat warranted but still mostly unnecessary. So thank you for continuing our dependance on foreign oil, gas prices through the roof, and pollution.
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Not thank the SUV people, f them.
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Yeah, I am one of those SUV people! But I'm not worried...all the little people in their little cars will move out of my way when I change lanes..."Hey, I don't remember a speed bump on this part of the interstate..."

We love our Expedition! The sheer feeling of POWER! Plenty of room. And tooling around in a minivan just won't cut it, guys. I mean, who would want to go cruising in a minivan? Not! Oh, I don't cruise, but if I wanted to, I could.
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Back on topic...

Intel may envision a 100-core chip, but it will be AMD who does it right, does it cheaper, does it faster, does it cooler.
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