Intel’s researchers have produced an 80-core chip that uses less energy than a quad-core processor and has teraflop performance capabilities. The chip is just for research purposes and lacks some necessary functionality at this point but Intel will be able to produce a chip with 80 cores in five to eight years. The 80-core chip uses less than 100 watts of energy; a dual-core chip uses 60 to 70 watts and a quad-core uses 105 to 130 watts. Of course the numbers for the 80-core chip could be affected by the fact that it’s lacking some functionality, but it’s still a significant accomplishment. It showcases a focus on power efficiency and keeping things within a power and thermal envelope. With that many cores, Intel is able to design “core hopping.” If one part of the chip gets hot, the work that those particular cores are doing is moved to other cores on another part of the chip. That will lower the heat being generated.

Intel’s researchers have produced an 80-core chip that uses less energy than a quad-core processor and has teraflop performance capabilities. The chip is just for research purposes and lacks some necessary functionality at this point but Intel will be able to produce a chip with 80 cores in five to eight years. The 80-core chip uses less than 100 watts of energy; a dual-core chip uses 60 to 70 watts and a quad-core uses 105 to 130 watts. Of course the numbers for the 80-core chip could be affected by the fact that it’s lacking some functionality, but it’s still a significant accomplishment. It showcases a focus on power efficiency and keeping things within a power and thermal envelope. With that many cores, Intel is able to design “core hopping.” If one part of the chip gets hot, the work that those particular cores are doing is moved to other cores on another part of the chip. That will lower the heat being generated.