Despite of numerous reports, Itanium 2 has been going pretty well. It features huge L3 cache and works at high frequencies. This year Intel adds its Madison and Deerfield cores to the Itanium 2 lineup. Both processors are made using 0.13 micron fabrication process and their core-clock starts from 1.50GHz. Madison implements 3, 4 or 6MB of L3 cache and is destined for 4 or 8-way systems. Deerfield can boast with 3MB of L3 and is intended for 2-way servers. Both CPUs will be launched in the middle of the year with mass production to follow afterwards.
Since Montecito has been postponed (we may say that Montecito eventually became Chivano), Intel will launch presumably next year a monstrous version of the Itanium 2 processor: with 9MB of L3 cache and core-clock above 1.50GHz.
The dual-core Intel CPU itself will be made using 90nm technology and will appear in 2005. Intel decided not to announce any frequencies of this babe at this point what makes sense, as it is really hard to predict it now. Of course Intel’s representatives said that dual-core will boost the performance very significantly what is absolutely correct.