How DOES it work? As in, technical details.
It must have been awesome being told by an Intel employee...
The basics are this.
The core was four die on it, and on each die relies two cores. Whenever data is received to the cpu it is sent to a respective die based upon the need, and then from there it is processed by both cores. This is done to prevent any bottlenecks with the memory access. For every two die's, a memory controller is preset which directly accessed the memory for the CPU, as needed. If all four cores were to have its own memory controller on a 32-bit system, then we would be presented with a memory bottleneck. Intel has ideals to overcome this in later generations (And it would seem that they have).
This is why they market it was a 4 core computer, rather then a 8 core processor.
And I was shown more then how it works, they also showed me other processors, and impressed me with their operation
. I did get to see how they go about designing their processors.