Intel says dual-cores for smartphones unnecessary

Mike Bell, VP Intel Architecture group says that smartphones can run just fine on single-core processors and that dual-cores may actually be detrimental to Android phones

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Intel says dual-cores for smartphones unnecessary Mike Bell, VP Intel Architecture Group says that dual-core processors can be detrimental to smartphones.
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  June 11, 2012

Intel has reiterated what Nokia and Microsoft were saying the whole time. Dual-core mobile processors are really not necessary.

Mike Bell, VP Intel Architecture Group has said: "As we move to multiple cores over time, we're actually putting a lot of investment into the software to fix the scheduler and the threading, so if we do multiple core products [in the future] it actually takes advantage of it. In the meantime, we get enough performance out of our single core that we actually don't need to turn on a second core."

Bell's view echoes that of Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO, who in April this year said: "The so-called dual-core, quad-core mobile phones can only waste batteries, but not be useful for consumers all the time."

Bell said that Intel has done its own tests which prove that dual-cores can actually be worse for smartphones, than single core chips. "We ran our own numbers and in some of the use cases we've seen, having a second core is actually a detriment."

This however may not be what HTC and Samsung want to hear, as dual-cores have now moved aside to accommodate quad-cores in the latest Android powered devices.

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