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Dual-Core Processors The goal of dual processors is to take two individual processors and integrate them into a single processor. The advantage of this is that it will allow two threads to be processed simultaneously. A thread is a string of data that goes through a processor in a system. This does not mean that the processors are multitasking cause they are not able to do that, but rather each of the processors is handling a separate stream of data each. A dual-core processor is relatively new technology and therefore has some limitation since most software programs don’t take advantage of the processors capabilities. The dual-core processor is software dependent. Most of today’s software that is offered lacks the multithreading capabilities to use the processor to its full ability. An example that takes advantage of this technology is PC games. Games use a “rendering engine” to display what is going on; along with an artificial intelligence to control events within the game. Because these multiple tasks need to be preformed simultaneously the
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2008 for the course E 115 taught by Professor B.gates during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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