IF INTEL’S NEXT generation chip does indeed slip into 2011 as some rumors suggest, there is a very good reason for it. Intel works in strange and mysterious ways, and uses more Feng Shui than anyone would expect.
People laughed when I said that Socket 1160 would lose 4 pins, but here we sit just over a year later and Socket 1156 is old news. The next one, called Socket R in some circles, has 2011 pins. It was going to be released in late 2010, but that got some of the more numerologically inclined managers at Intel to sound the alarm. Still shaken by seeing the movie 2012 and reading arcane charts found in bubble-gum packets, a 2010 release was moved out to appease certain powers that are not known to those uninitiated in the ways of real product planning.
Either that or we are making all this up just to point out that the pin count of the next socket is 2011 in a story longer than 7 words. In any case, Intel has learned, and the four pins that caused 1156 so much trouble, Crash_Random, Crash_Timed_Interval, Crash_Zebra_Proximity_Sub_50M, and Crash_Oprah_Is_On were removed early in development. Furthermore, sources deep within Intel say that, although 2112 is a “damn fine album”, it was ruled out quite early as a pin count for Sandy Bridge’s socket. Pity that.S|A