At least half of all notebook PCs are expected to boast quad-core microprocessors by 2015 - up from just 9% in 2011.
A "leaked" Qualcomm roadmap indicates the company is preparing to shift its mobile chip efforts into overdrive.
Via has debuted a power conscious 40nm quad-core x86 processor targeted at the mainstream PC and notebook market.
Apple has refreshed its iMac lineup with Intel quad-core (i5/i7) processors, advanced AMD graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera.
Playing catch-up with Intel, AMD has announced its first triple-core and quad-core laptop processors as part of a major brand overhaul.