Despite of earlier news, Intel’s new high-end 64-bit chip for servers is on-track for Q3 2004 introduction. As expected, a new flavour of Itanium 2 processors with 9MB L3 cache will be introduced in mid-year.
Apparently, there will be two versions of Itanium 2 “
Nowadays high-end Itanium 2 lineup from Intel includes 1.50GHz, 1.40GHz and 1.30GHz models with 6MB, 4MB and 3MB L3 cache respectively. All the current chips use 400MHz Quad Pumped Bus, 667MHz PSB to be introduced early next year will be the first bump for MP Itanium’s bus speed that is likely to give a strong boost for performance of IA64 MP servers. However, even earlier Intel is expected to boost the PSB clock-rate of Itanium 2 processors designed for 2P servers: in Q4 2004 a cut-down flavour of Madison 9M, chip code-named Fanwood, will get a 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus.
667MHz will be a magic number for Intel processors designed for multi-processor servers. The company’s next-generation Xeon MP processors with Enhanced Memory 64 Technology code-named
Official representatives from Intel did not comment on the news-story.