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Intel cuts down costs of Itanium 2 processors

Posted: 26 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. rolls out two Intel Itanium 2 processors with lower price tags. Servers based on the new processors, the company says, are approximately 28 percent lower in price and up to 25 percent higher performing than previous dual-processor Itanium 2-based servers.

Intel has two server architectures, which makes up approximately 85 percent of the server market segment share. The Itanium 2 processor family is targeted at business critical enterprise servers and technical computing clusters while the Intel Xeon processor family is broadly used for general purpose IT infrastructure.

When compared to Intel's Xeon, Itanium processors are not so much a success. Price is the main reason. The Xeon processors are cheaper than the Itanium line, and they suit the enterprise level users just fine. Intel is trying to solve the price issue by making its Xeon and Itanium chips interchangable at the socket level by 2007.

The new processors broaden the Itanium processor family support of lower-cost server solutions for front-end applications and complement existing Itanium 2-based systems in large-scale deployments. A wide range of Itanium 2-based dual-processor servers are offered by more than 50 system manufacturers worldwide. Entry-level systems start at $2,100, while fully configured systems with the new processors will be available for approximately $8,000.

"As Itanium 2-based servers push further into enterprise infrastructure, we are able to reduce the overall system cost while increasing the performance," said Richard Dracott, GM of Enterprise Marketing and Planning at Intel. "End users will benefit from the flexibility and choice that Intel-based solutions bring to their organizations."

The Intel Itanium 2 processor at 1.4GHz with 3MB of cache is available worldwide today for $1,172 in 1,000-unit quantities, and the Itanium 2 processor at 1.6GHz is priced at $2,408.

By year-end, Intel plans to ship another dual-processor chip code-named Fanwood. It is expected to have a clock speed of 1.6GHz with 3MB of cache. A low-power version of Fanwood, with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz and 3MB of cache, is also planned for later this year.

- Denice Obina

Electronic Engineering Times - Asia

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