Intel blogger Bill Calder tried to explain why the chip giant named the Nehalem processors "Core i7" instead of something more logical like "Core 3" but his post doesn't really explain anything at all. It still remains a mystery why Intel picked Core i7.
Intel Blogger Bill Calder appeared to concede this point when he said the following on the matter yesterday: "Believe it or not, this new naming scheme should make it easier for PC buyers to decide which technology is right for them. The "i7" identifier is the first of several new identifiers to come as different Nehalem-based products launch over the next year."
The best we've managed to get out sources within Intel is this paragraph: "The modifier is simply a means of separating the new and improved high-end desktop processor brand from other existing processor brands and from future brands, which will be announced later. It represents a collection of factors and highlights unique attributes including performance and other features."
OK, so it's a new brand for a new product and is derived from its features, which include performance. Can anyone think of any aspects of the new processor's performance that might involve the number seven? Or, indeed, the letter i?
The only clues we can see come from other technology companies: Apple likes to stick an "i" before everything and it seems to be contagious if you look at things like the BBC iPlayer, while Microsoft's next operating system is known simply as Windows 7 right now.