Linux guys will be happy about this, Daniel Robbins has left
Microsoft. Nokia and Sanyo will form a cell
phone venture. Everyone is dropping out of the speed race except IBM.
Chipmakers have found it harder to kick up a processor's clock speed while
actually getting more useful work out of a chip and avoiding inordinate electricity
consumption. As a result, Intel, Sun Microsystems and Advanced Micro Devices
have begun emphasizing other features--for example, squeezing multiple processing
engines, called cores, onto a single slice of silicon or executing many instruction
sequences, called threads, simultaneously.