Intel Corporation announced that it has built a new computer chip with a record 2 billion transistors. Intel code-named it Silverthorne, the chip draws about a tenth of the power used by the company’s chips for laptop computers.
The new microchip will more than double the processing power for a line of chips used in supercomputers.
The chip is expected to be available in the second quarter, and is aimed at mobile Internet devices between the size of a cellphone and a laptop computer.
Intel will use an approach called “in-order” execution with Silverthorne, in which computing instructions will be carried out one at a time, thus reducing power consumption.