iSuppli: Quad-Core Processors to Go Mainstream by 2009

According to new data released by market research firm iSuppli, by the end of 2009 today's high-end quad-core processors currently hampered by high costs and limited availability will eventually appear in close to half of all mainstream desktop systems. Currently, these chips are all in the performance desktop PC segment of the industry, which represents only 6% of total PC unit shipments. That is expected to dramatically change over the next two years as quad-core microprocessor technology gradually begins to penetrate the mainstream desktop PC segment. iSuppli estimates that while no mainstream desktop PCs will ship with quad-core microprocessors in the first half of 2007, quad-core penetration in mainstream desktop PCs will rise to 5% by the third quarter of 2007, and then to 7% by the fourth quarter. In the following months, it will hit 18% in the fourth quarter of 2008 and then rocket to 49% in the fourth quarter of 2009. iSuppli says it defines mainstream desktop PCs as "those having the most common specification and functionality available, and that are priced between $500 and $1000."

The research firm also noted that the notebook segment is not expected to move at the same pace: penetration of quad-core microprocessors in mainstream notebooks is expected to being in the first quarter of 2009, and will only account for 4% of systems. By the fourth quarter of that year, iSuppli believes quad-core processors will be in 11% of all mainstream notebook PCs shipped.

News source: ExtremeTech

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What's the point? Nearly all software today is still written for single-core CPUs, and most people don't even need the power a single-core CPU gives them if they would do maintenance on their PC once a month!

Whats the point of advancing technology or as the human race in general. Lets all just sit on our asses, because thats not how it was in the past.

WE ARE ADVANCING IN TECHNOLOGY

Just because it won't be fully taken advantage of, doesn't mean we shouldn't do it.

Well i will quite happily see this happen, good price drop once it does. As for not using it, well if its not there course you won't use it, but if this becomes more mainstream then maybe developers will start writing software to support 2-4 processers.

god you sound like someone that shud be still living without electricity o.0

personally i cant wait! i know i will be able to utilise that kinda processor

dagamer34 said,
What's the point? Nearly all software today is still written for single-core CPUs, and most people don't even need the power a single-core CPU gives them if they would do maintenance on their PC once a month!

If you are the type of person that thinks this, you are the type of person who doesn't need quad-core. Why have an 8-cylinder car when a 4-cylinder car can get you where you need to go? Why have cars when there are bicycles? Why have bicycles when you've got feet?

Everyone sees multi-core processors and says "but how fast will it run this game, or this app, etc.", and everyone forgets about the advantages when running MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS AT THE SAME TIME. Try encoding a movie, having VMware open with a virtual machine running, and Photoshop open, with your IM app running and Firefox loaded up with 8 tabs, all on a one-core processor. It's not that great. But when you move to a dual-core/quad-core etc. setup things become MUCH better. Not everyone uses their computer to IM and play games.

dagamer34 said,
most people don't even need the power a single-core CPU gives them if they would do maintenance on their PC once a month!

What does that even mean? Do you think PC maintenance can emulate additional cores?

faraaz said,

What does that even mean? Do you think PC maintenance can emulate additional cores?


I think he means that most people just use the 'puter to surf the web and email, and if that's all they use it for any processor will do.

Xero said,
WE ARE ADVANCING IN TECHNOLOGY

Just because it won't be fully taken advantage of, doesn't mean we shouldn't do it.

actually, it's more of a cop out than an advance. we're having trouble making cores faster, so we'll just include 2 of them and sell it on hype.... omg that worked like a dream let's try 4!

flyakite said,
If you are the type of person that thinks this, you are the type of person who doesn't need quad-core. Why have an 8-cylinder car when a 4-cylinder car can get you where you need to go? Why have cars when there are bicycles? Why have bicycles when you've got feet?

your analogy has completely missed the mark. in engines, each cylinder works in perfect unison towards a single task.. multi-core cpus do the complete opposite! (in the vast majority of cases)

flyakite said,
Everyone sees multi-core processors and says "but how fast will it run this game, or this app, etc.", and everyone forgets about the advantages when running MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS AT THE SAME TIME. Try encoding a movie, having VMware open with a virtual machine running, and Photoshop open, with your IM app running and Firefox loaded up with 8 tabs, all on a one-core processor. It's not that great. But when you move to a dual-core/quad-core etc. setup things become MUCH better. Not everyone uses their computer to IM and play games.

so basically, for a quad core, i'm paying a premium to have cpu intensive programs automatically get only 25% of what's available, leaving leaving me with a responsive system. the same can be accomplished by using task manager, only it's better because said programs grab all idle cycles possible.