New Intel chip

Speed remains at 2GHZ

Intel has launched a quad-core chip featuring more than 2 billion transistors.

The chip, named Tukwila, has been described by Intel as "evolutionary not revolutionary" because it follows the 2006 launch of a chip containing 1 billion transistors.

According to Malcolm Penn, an analyst at Future Horizons, the chip contains lots of cache memory, which holds data to be processed by the chip.

"The closer it is to the processor, the quicker the data can be crunched. It's just like the difference between getting food from the fridge, rather than from the corner shop," Penn says.

Tukwila will operate at 2GHZ, the same speed as a standard Intel chip.

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