There is only one was to stay ahead of the competition in this industry, you've got to plan a few years ahead. That's exactly what the lab guys at Intel are doing as they have been working away on a new 48-core chip for mobile devices such as Smartphones, tablets or since development could take 5-10 years to complete, it will be used to run what ever mobile gadgets we haven't even thought of yet.

"If we're going to have this technology in five to 10 years, we could finally do things that take way too much processing power today,"..."This could really open up our concept of what is a computer... The phone would be smart enough to not just be a computer but it could be my computer." - Patrick Moorhead, Analyst

It's believed that the new chip would allow for the next generation of devices to not only be more powerful, but offer a greater range of applications than even some of todays desktops. The multi core setup would allow for incredible power saving capabilities too, as cores could be turned off to save power and only called upon when needed.

While it's obviously not going to be out too soon, we could see early editions of the super-chip with less cores over the next couple of years, Intel CTO Justin Rattner has already said he expects the chip to be sooner than some might think, but only time will tell on that front.

"I think the desire to move to more natural interfaces to make the interaction much more human-like is really going to drive the computational requirements,"..."Having large numbers of cores to generate very high performance levels is the most energy efficient way to deliver those performance levels." - Justin Rattner, Intel's CTO

It certainly is an interesting prospect, but it seems the race for having the most cores has only really just begun.

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