IDF El Reg has forced Intel into another awkward chip name change, the company confirmed today. 'Gesher', its next-gen 32nm microarchitecture, is no more.
Intel first talked up Gesher during last September's IDF (Intel Developer Forum), using the name to describe an upcoming 32nm processor that will use a fresh microarchitecture. As it happens, Gesher - 'bridge' in Hebrew - is also the name of an Israeli political party.
We wondered how long Intel would stick near the semi-charged name and have now learned the answer – about seven months.
Intel's server chip chief, Pat Gelsinger, told us that the company abandoned Gesher "for a variety of internal and external reasons" and added that the company prefers "non-volatile code-names".
Gesher shall be known from here on out as 'Sandy Bridge'.
A few years back, we also broke word on the 'Tanglewood' version of Itanium. Some feisty musicians in Massachusetts urged Intel to abandon that name in favor of Tukwila. ®