Experimental chip indicates future of augmented reality

Researchers from Intel have developed an experimental 48 core processor which is up to 20 times more powerful than today’s PC computers heralding an era where augmented reality applications are commonplace.

The company claims that in the future you may be able to interact with a computer for  a virtual dance lesson or on-line shopping that uses a future laptop’s 3-D camera and display to show you a mirror of yourself wearing the clothes you are interested in.

Additionally, Intel believes that this type visual interaction could eliminate keyboards, remote controls or joysticks for gaming.

“Over time, I expect these advanced concepts to find their way into mainstream devices, just as advanced automotive technology such as electronic engine control, air bags and anti-lock braking eventually found their way into all cars,” said Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer.

All 48 cores are integrated on a single piece of 45nm, high-k metal-gate silicon about the size of a postage stamp.

Intel has nicknamed it a “single-chip cloud computer” as it resembles the organisation of datacentres used to create a cloud computing resource over the Internet for many large scale enterprises.

The chip also features new power management techniques that Intel claim will allow all cores to operate extremely energy efficiently at as little as 25 watts when idle, or at 125 watts when running at full power.

Intel plans to share one hundred or more of these experimental chips with industry and academic institutions to enable them to develop experimental applications that use the chip’s full capabilities.

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