Intel plans to release some exciting products over the next 18 months, Otellini said. The Madison chip will go into production mid-year, and the second half of the year will see the launch of a product code-named Deerfield, another member of the Itanium system aimed at lower power systems customized for two-way and workstation environments. "So we are taking the architecture down, but we dont want to take our eyes off the high-end performance. Over the next 24 months, you will see us bring out another version of the chip with much larger caches and new silicon technology. Beyond that, in 2005, youll see another version of the chip using multiple cores.
"These chips will take the absolute performance up another two to three times where the Superdome machine is today. We also have in development our first billion transistor chip microprocessor that is another member of the Itanium family to come out in a few more years and will move performance up by a factor of ten," Otellini told the cheering audience.
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