Intel shows off first quad-core chip

Just when we were feeling a bit smug about our new dual-core lappies, along comes Intel to remind us that you're never on the cutting edge for long. Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner recently demoed the company's upcoming Clovertown quad-core processor, which will initially be seen in 2007 servers running two of the chips, for a total of eight cores under the hood. Rattner says the Clovertown architecture is scalable to 32 or more cores on a single chip, which should satiate our speed jones until quantum computers finally go mainstream. According to Rattner, chips with hundreds of cores are theoretically possible with this technology, which means we'll probably be able to do some pretty serious damage on timed games of Solitaire.