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Intel rolls out new Itanium 2 9000 series processors

Posted: 20 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? Itanium 2 Processor 9000 series? dual-core processors?

Intel Intanium 2 dual-core processor

Intel Corp. has unveiled five new products in the Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 Processor 9000 series. Previously codenamed "Montecito," Intel said the new processors are designed for the most sophisticated high-end computing platforms in the world. They double the performance and lower energy requirements, according to the company, improving performance per watt by 2.5 times compared to existing single-core versions. All server-maker members of the Itanium Solutions Alliance (ISA) are set to launch products based on the new processors.

According to Intel, the new Dual-Core Itanium 2 processors represent the world's most intricate product design to date with more than 1.7 billion transistors. This allows Intel designers to deliver new features to the Itanium processor family that create robust virtualization capabilities, enhanced cache reliability and other mainframe-like capabilities.

Unlike products from the remaining RISC vendors, Intel said the new Itanium 2 9000 series offers end-user freedom through a broad choice of software with more than 8,000 applications in production. Itanium processor-based servers and high-performance computing (HPC) systems are touted to be unique in the industry. They provide mission critical support for Windows, Linux, UNIX and other operating systems as well as new migration tools off of proprietary servers and mainframesdelivering unbeatable flexibility and a confident adoption path for IT managers to migrate to a standards-based architecture.

"Intel remains focused on removing the proprietary shackles that remain in the high-end of the server market segment, and with Dual-Core Itanium 2 processors we are delivering unprecedented IT freedom with a product that excels in performance, reliability and improved energy efficiency," said Pat Gelsinger, senior VP and general manager, Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "The broad system and software support for Itanium 2 processors enables CIOs to move away from aging and expensive legacy systems and instead direct those funds toward standard-based computing and business innovation."

Dual-core Itanium 2-based systems target the most compute intensive areas, such as business analytics, large data warehouses and HPC areas. Intel said this is increasingly important as companies continue to strive for real-time decision making based on increasingly large amounts of data; and scientists, engineers and researchers seek to solve medical, climatic and other challenges through the use of computing power. The new processor's Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) architecture design promises high levels of parallelism and computational capabilities, driving greater efficiency into analytics applications and business intelligence software.

Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) is built into Itanium 2 processors to enhance support for OEM and industry virtual machine monitors (VMMs). The built-in scalability, performance and reliability of Itanium 2-based servers provide a suitable platform for consolidating proprietary solutions onto industry standards-based servers. Virtualization can help lower the total cost of ownership by assisting with the migration and consolidation of different software applications from proprietary platforms to industry-standard hardware and operating systems.

Supporting the new processor series are two rack-optimized Intel server systems: SR870BH2 and SR870BN4. These server systems promise optimal performance, reliability and expandability that scalable business solutions and mission-critical applications demand and are available today to OEMs and systems integrators for enterprise and high-performance computing.

Intel dual- and single-core Itanium 2 processors are shipping today with systems coming available in late August and growing throughout the year.




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