Intel is preparing a rather surprising move to substantially strengthen performance of Itanium 2 processors for DP applications. Without waiting for the Fanwood chips to arrive in the third quarter, the chip giant will roll-out new IA64 chips with 3MB cache already next quarter.
Santa Clara, California-based corporation is currently shipping two Itanium 2 flavours for 2-way applications: Itanium 2 chip at 1.40GHz with a 1.5MB L3 cache and the Low Voltage Intel Itanium 2 processor at 1.0GHz with a 1.5MB L3 cache, which consumes approximately 62W – half the power of other existing Itanium 2 processors. Such microprocessors are suitable for technical and scientific computing systems; various clusters; entry-level, front-end enterprise systems as well as network edge and software engineering workstations.
To strengthen the current DP IA64 offerings, Intel had planned to introduce cut-down versions of its forthcoming Itanium 2 “
The Intel Itanium 2 processor at 1.60GHz with 3MB of L3 cache and the Intel Itanium 2 processor at 1.40GHz with 3MB of L3 will be quoted at $2408 and $1172 in 1000-unit quantities, respectively.
Representatives for Intel Corporation did not comment on the news-story.