Intel Alters Itanium Road Map
Chip maker to add another Itanium 2 chip next year and put dual-core processing in Montecito.Intel Corp. is changing the road map for its 64-bit Itanium chip, adding in another Itanium 2 chip next year and putting dual-core processing technology into its Montecito processor, which initially was expected next year but now is due out in 2005. The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker had intended to put the dual-core processing technologywhich enables Intel to put two full processors onto the same piece of silicon and fit it into the same package, thereby essentially doubling the processing powerinto chips after Montecito, according to Lisa Graff, director of enterprise processor marketing for Intel. In between this summers release of the next-generation Itanium 2 chipcode-named Madisonand Deerfield, a chip designed for ultradense blade servers, and the 2005 release of Montecito, Intel will release another Itanium 2, code-named Madison 9M, in 2004. That chip will be made through the same 0.13-micron manufacturing process as Madison. However, it will be released at a faster speed than Madisons 1.5GHz and will feature 9MB of Level 3 cache, rather than the 6MB in Madison. The result will be more data closer to the processor, resulting in improved performance, Graff said.
"We saw that we had the opportunity to extend one of our processors [Itanium 2] and do even more with it the following year," she said.