Intel has announced the release of a 48-core processor, after engineers from Germany, India and the US combined to develop the product.
Vasantha Erraguntla, senior engineering manager at Intel Labs India, described the item as a step forward in the "tera-scale journey", after completing the production of the research prototype.
Featuring single-chip cloud computer technology, the chip has a second-generation 2D mesh network, which uses about a third of the power that previous comparable products require.
She explained: "The complexity of the chip is multi-fold, with a much larger die size, system level complexities and challenges of 45 nanometre physical design."
While the item is an experimental prototype for use in parallel software research, Ms Erraguntla suggested that the technology could be useful for other related areas.
In other semiconductor news, market research firm Gartner recently advised vendors of the electronic chips to stay on top of demand in 2010, in order to ensure they come out of the difficult economic climate successfully.