Just came in from INQ7.net.

Intel has recently developed a breakthrough chip that would use lasers instead of wires to transfer data. According to Intel, this would enable them to produce cheap but powerful processors in the future.


I have been observing the trends of processors ever since AMD broke through the market with their low-cost processors. I have always been an Intel fan as their technology fitted my ways of computing. I use the computer for so many things that Intel gives me that much margin to do so. Plus I live in the tropics and our house does not have airconditioning so Intel’s heat management proves to be the better option for me than AMD’s flat iron chips.

A round of applause for my homies as the Intel lab for creating another breakthrough.

There has been a lot of discussion between the guys in the office on whether we would be upgrading our home machines in preparation for Windows Vista. Some of the guys are gamers so they are so hyped about DirectX 10’s promises of smoother graphics. For one, these guys just got their new office workstations running Athlon 64 Dual Cores so they have some gleefull smiles on their faces (no more choppy rendering for them).

My rig at home still runs on single-core technology and I still do not find it advisable to jump into the dual core bandwagon. That is, until I would not be able to run anything at all after a few years (or months). And with this latest news from Intel, prices will go down as soon as they make this technology commercially available.

I always get the question on what is the fuss about dual core. Does it really pack that much speed?

I always respond by asking them back (Rhetorics!), for what kind of work will you use your PC?

Dual core processors offer the much-needed oomph when multitasking. The problem with single core processors is that they would often stock data elsewhere (RAM or storage) for it to process other data. Dual core processors since you virtually have two cores each with its own cache could handle more processes at a given time, giving a boost in processing time.

Hence, dual core processors are ideal for multitasking people, which I deem, would those be using their PCs for multimedia work (graphics, audio, and rendering, most of which are processor reliant computing).

If some are observant with the way processors are rolled out in the market, they might have noticed that processors (particularly Intel) has no processor topping their 3.2 Ghzs. Because of the multitasking trend in computing nowadays, they have practically sidelined higher processor speed for market consumption. More Ghzs mean more heat. More heat means less efficiency. And efficiency is what is important. Users would really like to get that best buck-per-band ratio.

Okay, so Intel’s Core 2 Duo is out. And they have a bouncing baby boy in the laser chip. What’s next?

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