I’m the new guy. For my first post as a co-blogger on Walking Christian, I’d like to talk briefly about the little piece of silicon in the picture.
This is part of Intel’s new product line, called “Haswell”. Standard Intel selling points apply here – lower power consumption, increased clock speed, more cores – but the really interesting thing is the general development path Intel uses.
Haswell is a “tock”, the second half of Intel’s “tick-tock” method; the tick introduces a new, smaller fabrication process, while the tock gives us a new microarchitecture. This means that Haswell is the first set of chips designed specifically for the 22nm fabrication process.