Inside Intel: here’s what goes into making a cutting-edge gaming CPU

One of our favourite pieces from this year, originally published October 31, 2022:

Open-chip surgery is a thing. And it involves ion beams. This came as news to me as I wandered through Intel’s lab in Haifa, Israel, and no sooner had I learned about its existence I came face to face with the impressive machine that performs the surgery. It’s surprisingly small, quiet even, and it has one of the coolest names imaginable: Focused Ion Beam, or FIB for short.

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