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Future visions of the CPUs

Future visions of the CPUs

A few future visions in terms of CPUs have now been addressed at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). In 2010, the CPUs should have 10 billion transistors.

The P4 currently has 42 million and the Athlon only 37 million. The processor will then need 600 watts, a Pentium 4 can manage with 55 watts at a speed of 1.5 GHz. With a normal cooling system, the heat generated by such a processor will probably no longer be able to be dissipated, so that a completely new design will be developed by then. Intel Chief Technology Officer, Pat Gelsinger, speaks of 30 GHz that a processor should achieve in 2010, with the performance given in TIPS (Tera Instructions per Second). So the power consumption is not getting less and less, which manufacturers like to boast about. Consumption always rises due to the higher performance. Let's be surprised how the PCs will look in 2010.

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