Some insane mobile chipsets are on the way starting later this year. According to this leaked roadmap, a 1.7 GHz dual core chip is coming out Q4 this year. It will be enable 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second(fps), and 20 mega pixel 3D images. It gets crazier from there – another processor in the leak is a 2.5Ghz quad core processor capable of 60fps and 30 mega pixel stills. Of course that’s coming out a little later on – in 2013. Looks like we’re in for a wild future in mobile.
The thing about a lot of tech is that it’s very hard to predict where things are going. Henry Ford once said something like
If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me “a faster horse”
Looking at this roadmap, these processors are exactly that – ‘faster horses’ – something everyone expects – and that’s great for now. I doubt that in 2030 or something we’ll have 10,000 core chips with whatever frequency. I can’t help but wonder what the next big innovation in processing will be. Perhaps when processors are fast enough companies will start focusing on other important things like battery technology which is stuck in the 80s.
Source: M. Daou, MobileTechWorld