A team of computer researchers have managed to squeeze an incredible 1000 separate cores into a new form of CPU, resulting in what they expect to be a 20-fold increase in current performance.
The alternate processor is built around existing Field Programmable Gate Array technology, a form of transistor management that lets the user define roles for groups of circuits and allocate them individual tasks—creating many manageable, switchable cores on the fly.
Dr Wim Vanderbauwhede from the University of Glasgow and a team at the University of Massachusetts Lowell created the CPU, which as well as being faster, is also more energy-efficient and greener. It's virtually magic, but only "very early proof-of-concept work" at the moment. [Daily Mail]