Intel said on Tuesday night that it would release a dual-core Atom chip during the second quarter. Adding more cores to the Atom chip should boost the chip's performance and make the chipmaker better able to compete with ARM-based processors already inside handsets, which have already begun closing the performance gap between their processors and Intel's Atom chips. Of course, the race for better performance isn't just about beating the competition; it's also about the ever-increasing compute and performance demands placed on mobile devices. Many chip firms believe tomorrow’s phones will be powered by multicore processors that deliver the performance the consumer wants without destroying the lengthy battery life such devices need.
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