Date Added: Dec 2011
Multi-core processing has been at the heart of the computing revolution for more than a decade. The transition began with server CPU manufacturers adopting multi-core processor architectures to address growing performance demands, combined with the dramatic increase in power consumption of single core processors running at high frequencies. Multi-core CPUs can operate at lower frequency, often consuming less power, and completing work much faster by running tasks in parallel compared to single core predecessors. Over the years, multi-core technology transitioned to desktop CPU's and gaming consoles. Some consoles included as many as eight CPU cores to enable immersive, complex, and realistic gaming environments. Notebooks and laptop PCs then began to integrate multi-core CPUs to further enable high performance computing environments for users on the go.