Intel Itanium, Xeon to Share Socket in 2007
Intel officials confirmed Friday that the Itanium and Xeon processors will share a common physical socket, making them able to be swapped.Intel Corp. officials confirmed Friday that the Itanium and Xeon processors will share a common physical socket beginning in 2007. Intel had said the two architectures, which use different instruction sets, would be designed to use as many common components as possible. But Intel spokesman Scott McLaughlin said Friday that the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip company had decided to confirm that the two chips will use a common physical socket. "Our goal is to take Itanium and Xeon and share the same kinds of components in that same system," McLaughlin said. "One of the things weve talked about is should the socket be the same, so a designer can design one system."
The common socket will mean that a Xeon and an Itanium will be able to be swapped for each other, McLaughlin said. Both architectures will use 64-bit addressing and will contain multiple microprocessor cores on the same die.