BY RYAN SHROUT
hile the 2nd and 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors
were derivatives of prior designs and thought processes,
the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor (codenamed Haswell) is something completely different. The
microarchitecture of this processor is similar to that of
the 2nd gen Intel Core processor, but with differences that are more
philosophical than technological.
Intel's target was a converged core: a single design that is flexible
enough to be utilized in mobile devices while also scaling to the
performance levels required for workstations and servers. The 4th
generation Intel Core processor retains a majority of the architecture
design from the 2nd and 3rd gen Intel Core processor architectures,
including the core design as well as the key features that make Intel's
processors unique: Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel® Turbo Boost
Technology, and the ring interconnect.
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