Intel will ship computers with an experimental 48-core processor to researchers by the end of second quarter as the company tries to reshape its future chips. “48-core chip operates at about clock speed of Atom-based chips, said Christopher Anderson. Intel’s latest Atom chips are power-efficient, are targeted at netbooks and small desktops, and run at clock speeds between 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz. 48-core processor, built on a mesh architecture, could lead to a massive performance boost when all the chips communicate with each other, Anderson said. Limited quantities of processor will be sent primarily to academic institutions, said Sean Koehl, during an event in New York. The chip mayn’t become commercially available as it’s part of a research project, but features from processor could be implemented in future chips. 48-core processor’s architecture includes improvements that cut memory and communication bottlenecks that affect current x86 chips. For faster data exchange, chip topology organizes cores with multiple points to receive and transfer data. Routers between cores facilitate faster data exchange and the architecture is expandable as cores are added. The 48-core chip has 24 small routers between cores, Koehl said.