Itanium to Move to Dual-Core Design
Intel exec reveals dual-core plans, calls Sun's UltraSparc III "old fashioned" and wonders if Dell is out of its league in the 64-bit arena.SAN JOSE, Calif.A senior executive with Intel Corp. Tuesday revealed plans for a dual-core Itanium processor, belittled Sun Microsystems Inc.s rival product as "old fashioned" and hinted that Dell Computer Corp. may be out of its league in the 64-bit arena during a briefing to tout the chip makers Itanium product line. Mike Fister, general manager of Intels Enterprise Platforms Group, expressed his views on the high-end 64-bit computing market during a meeting with reporters at the Intel Developer Forum here. Since Itanium was launched in May 2001, it has struggled to gain acceptance in the highly conservative high-end workstation and server markets, currently dominated by Sun, Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM. Intel is looking for sales to heat up following its August release of Itanium 2, which offers nearly doubles the performance of its predecessor.
At IDF this week, Intel touted its commitment to the new architecture by demonstrating systems already featuring the third-generation chip due out in mid-2003, code-named Madison.