After analyzing the leaked code of Linux drivers, industry analysts report that Intel’s new lineup of Comet Lake processors will feature 10 cores.
More Cores, More Processing
Cores are individual processors in a machine. If a CPU has ten cores, then it boasts ten individual processors inside.
Intel’s processor line is also named “Core,” like the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7. These branding numbers are not to be confused with the number of processors, or lowercase cores, in a CPU.
Having more than a single core in a CPU came about in the early 2000s. Ever since, the number of cores available in CPUs on the consumer market has steadily risen alongside improvements in memory chip technology.
Pushing the Boundaries of Consumer Computing
Intel’s Skylake has not been without its fair share of controversy, suffering instability and buggy patches in 2018. The potential for bugs with a new 10 core Intel processor would be significant, since Hagedoom’s analysis suggests it will run on a Core i9 9900K Skylake system.
That same Core i9 9900K stirred Intel competitor AMD to innovate. Last September, leaks suggested AMD was developing a new 10 core called Ryzen R7 2800X.
Intel’s i9 9900K was already an industry leader, featuring 8 cores. With a smooth launch, a 10 core variant would reassert Intel’s dominance in consumer computing power.
With improved processing in devices, IoT technologies could eventually transition to Edge Computing models rather than processing data in the cloud. Ongoing improvements in smart device performance would both drive costs down over time and make people’s lives more digitally integrated.
The implications of greater processing power are immense. The cause and effect relationship between processing power and how we interface with technology is direct and palpable. Just two decades ago, laptops were too slow and expensive to be practical for business use; processing power improvements in large part changed that.