Eight MPUs cloned from one set of x.86 instructions

(With apologies to Wired)

Intel researchers said they cloned eight microprocessors from a single x.86 instruction set, demonstrating one of the most efficient techniques for cloning yet developed. Researchers and their colleagues at Kinky University in Japan said that their experiment showed prime x.86 instructions can easily be cloned to create elite microprocessors. Four of the chips died soon after birth, but the researchers think outside causes were to blame. Other cloning experts hailed the development as proof that cloning is no fluke and will soon become an everyday technology. (Original Wired story is at Eight calves cloned from one cow) ®

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