a focus of processor chips on particular market segments;
multimedia pushes desktop personal computers while high-end microprocessors will serve specialized applications;
integrate functionalities to systems on a chip;
partition a microprocessor in a client chip part that focuses on general user interaction enhanced by server chip parts that are tailored for special applications;
a CPU core that works like a large ASIC block and that allows system developers to instantiate various devices on a chip with a simple CPU core;
and reconfigurable on-chip parts that adapt to application requirements.
Functional partitioning becomes more important!