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Intel will officially roll out its new Itanium 2 processors based on the more advanced Madison and Deerfield cores on the 30th of June, as reported over here. This corresponds to the information issued by Intel and revealed by X-bit labs earlier this year.

Intel Itanium 2 “Madison” chips are manufactured using 0.13 micron manufacturing technology and will work at 1.50 and 1.40GHz at launch. Just like their predecessors, these CPUs are intended to work in MP servers. Itanium 2 1.50GHz with 6MB L3 cache CPU will debut at $4226, the Itanium 2 1.40GHz with 4M of L3 will cost $2247 in quantities starting from 1000 units, as we revealed back in late April (see this news-story).

The code-named Deerfield chip will live under Itanium 2 brand as well. It will have 1.30GHz clock-speed and 3MB of L3 cache. The CPU is designed strictly for DP servers and workstations, there will be no 1.30GHz Itanium 2 microprocessors for MP configurations at all, as we now recognize. The CPUs will be sold for $1338 in commercial quantities.

The1.0GHz Itanium 2 “Deerfield” Low Voltage chip with low power consumption and 1.5MB of L3 cache for 2-way configurations will be available later this year for $851 or even less. Its launch dates are not yet confirmed.

Sounds like end of June will be hot for Intel. On the 23rd the company will formally announce its probably last and final Pentium 4 “Northwood” 3.20GHz CPU (see this news-story for details) and already on the 30th of June the world will see the Itanium 2 processors made using advanced 0.13 micron fabrication technology.


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