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Multicores Seen Driving Next-Generation Mobile Phones

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York University professor Neil Audsley is part of the pan-European Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications project, an effort to make the multi-core processors currently used in modern desktop and laptop computers the foundation for the next generation of mobile phones.

Manufacturers have already developed multi-core products capable of being used in mobile phones, but several significant technological challenges still remain. The first major problem is virtualization. The second problem is power consumption and the limited power resources of mobile devices. Although multi-core chips are very power-efficient, the capabilities they bring to mobile devices, such as video capturing, have significant power requirements.

Audsley's research focuses on investigating how both hardware and software can best be designed for running next-generation consumer applications as efficiently as possible. The project also is exploring how the hardware in new mobile phones can be designed to minimize the possibility of phone and Internet connections from being unexpectedly dropped.

From The University of York
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