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We've reported about dual-core and even quad-core processors, and now the pissing contest takes a geometric leap with whippersnapper startup Azul announcing plans to stoke its nex-gen Vega 2 64-bit chip with 48, count 'em, 48 cores.

Azul has made quite a splash in Silicon Valley with its first-generation Azul Compute Appliance (pictured here), a network-attached processing system that accelerates Java and lots of other stuff using the first Azul 64-bit processor packing 24 cores on board. Azul's CTO says system performance of the Vega 2 will be more than double that of its predecessor. This we gotta see.


Azul to go 48-core with Vega 2 [The Inquirer]