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- January 5: Rapport introduces the KC256, a 256-core microprocessor. This is the first member of the Kilocore family, a massively parallel chip architecture.
- August 24: SPEC releases the CPU2006 benchmarking suite
- August 31: NXP is officially launched during the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin
- October 9: Cavium announces a new family of multi-core communication processors, the OCTEON Plus.