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Dazzling Dual-Core Phones and Tablets

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Acer Iconia

The Acer Iconia can play high-performance 3-D multiplayer games thanks to a dual-core processor, a specialized graphics-processing unit, and a fast 4G connection.

Technology Review

Steady improvements in performance are a given in the computing industry, but sometimes there's a big leap forward. One occurred in the world of mobile computing last week, when the first smart phones and tablet computers with dual-core processors were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The show-stealing Xoom tablet from Motorola, and also phones and tablets from Acer, HTC, and LG, all debuted with a new dual-core processor made by chip maker Nvidia. Competing microprocessor companies Marvell and Freescale Semiconductor also make dual-core chips for such devices.

A processor's core is the crucial component that receives and executes instructions. A single-core processor can execute only one instruction at a time, while a chip with multiple cores can process more instructions at once.

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