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Intel unveils 2 new Itanium processors

Posted: 21 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. launched two Itanium 2 processors that promise to deliver better performance over the current generation for database, business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and technical computing applications.

For the first time, Intel said, Itanium 2 processors have a 667MHz front side bus (FSB), which connects and transfers data between the microprocessor, chipset and system's main memory. Servers designed to utilize the new bus are expected to deliver more than 65 percent greater system bandwidth over servers designed with current Itanium 2 processors with a 400MHz FSB. This new capability will help set the stage for the forthcoming dual core Itanium processor, codenamed "Montecito," which will feature the same bus architecture, added the company.

"Intel continues to bring new capabilities to the Itanium architecture, evolving the platform to further improve performance for data intensive tasks," said Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's Server Platforms Group. "Looking forward, we are coming up on the next major milestone for the Itanium processor familydual-core server platforms based on Montecito. We are extremely excited about the customer and industry feedback we are getting, and the preliminary performance results we are seeing on Montecito-based systems will further expand Itanium's leadership in its targeted market segments."

Platforms using Montecito are expected to deliver up to twice the performance, up to three times the system bandwidth, and more than 2 1/2 times as much on-die cache as the current generation of Itanium processors. While boosting performance, Montecito is expected to also deliver more than 20 percent lower power than previous generations of Itanium processors due to new technologies for power management, the press release states. Montecito will also have Intel Hyper-Threading technology, enabling four times the threads as the current generation.

The Itanium 2 processor at 1.66GHz with 9MB of cache with 667 FSB is available for $4,655, while the Itanium 2 processor at 1.66GHz with 6MB with 667 FSB of cache will be available for $2,194. Both pricing is for 1,000-unit quantities.

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