Multicore Is Closer Than You Think

By Mark Hermeling

People are no longer surprised to see a multicore processor in a laptop. In
fact, some quad core laptops have already been announced.

How
about your trusted cell/smart phone then? Many of the models there
already have multiple processors. For example an ARM processor for
applications, a DSP for baseband and a voice and video accelerator for
the multi-media experience.

The designs so far have been very different from what you have on
your laptop, different processors (ARM vs Intel), different Operating
Systems (Symbian, mobile versions of Linux, Palm, Windows Mobile …).
However, this is slowly changing and Apple is one of the companies
changing the game.

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