Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope
quad-core processor

With computer processors, quad-core is a technology that enables four complete processing units (cores) to run in parallel on a single chip. Having this many cores give the user virtually four times as much power in a single chip. For the computer to take full advantage of quad-core, it must be running on an operating system that supports TLP (thread-level parallelism) and for applications to support TLP.

The number of threads a quad-core processor has to process requests differs by the processor. To determine how many threads a particular quad-core processor can handle, check the manufacturer's website for the processor's specifications.


You can think of quad-core as a computer with four central processing units.

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