As you probably know, Intel launches its Itanium 2 processors using
The difference between two processors is that Itanium 2 “Madison” chips are developed for MP high-end servers and offer high clock-speeds as well as large L3 caches, while Itanium 2 “Deerfield” is intended for DP servers and workstations, consumes not a lot of power, its core-frequency is substantially lower than that of Madison CPUs and its L3 cache is not as large.
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Note that Intel Xeon 1.50GHz with 1MB of L3 costs $1177 at the moment, only slightly cheaper than the younger Itanium 2 “Madison”. It is interesting to note that the LV Intel Itanium 2 “Deerfield” chip at 1.0GHz with 1.5MB of L3 cache for DP systems debuts at $851 what is comparable to the price of higher-end Xeon DP CPUs. With such pricing on the IA64 processors, soon we may see some of them being cheaper than IA32 products. Obviously, the whole IA64 systems will not become affordable for a number of years from now since we need new software developed specially for IA64 processors, but the trend towards cheaper 64-bit chips is definitely a positive one.