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ZDNet UK presents the 2011 Ignoble Christmas Catalogue of products and services that cannot or should not exist. You won't see these in 2012... probably.
Intel's latest many-core system (above) couples 50 Itanium II cores on one giant wafer. Using Intel's proprietary StuffedCrust fab, this 24-inch chip clocks in at 10kw and one teraflop*. Combining a unique WiMax internal bus, 4004 compatibility in software, quad-gate plutonium-silicon transistors and a gigabyte of cache per core, this chip is self-powering and doubles as a system backlight. Overclocking generates sufficient hard X-rays for medical imaging solutions.
*Simulated. A compiler capable of generating running code for the Itanium Extreme is expected Q4 2016.
Image credit: Leifur Einarsson