In consumer technologies, multi-core is usually the term used to describe two or more CPUs
working together on the same chip
. Also called multicore technology, it is a type of architecture
where a single physical processor
contains the core logic
of two or more processors. These processors are packaged into a single integrated circuit (IC)
. These single integrated circuits are called a die
. Multi-core can also refer to multiple dies packaged together. Multi-core enables the system to perform more tasks with a greater overall system performance. Multi-core technology can be used in desktops, mobile PCs, servers and workstations. Contrast with dual-core
, a single chip containing two separate processors (execution cores) in the same IC.
See "All About Dual-Core Processors" in the "Did You Know...?" section of Webopedia.
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