Intel Corp. on Tuesday launched a pair of new Itanium processors geared at reducing the total cost of ownership of Itanium-based servers.
The additions flesh out Intels Itanium processor line, filling in niches in its product portfolio. Intel launched new two-way-capable Itaniums at 1.4-GHz and 1.6-GHz, each with 3MB of level-3 cache. The 1.4-GHz chip is available now, while the 1.6-GHz model will ship in May.
Intel said the new chips mark another step in the companys drive to offer Itaniums with double the performance of its Xeon processor by 2007, while maintaining the same overall system cost. Intel said Friday that it plans to use a common chipset infrastructure and socket for both architectures in 2007.
New dual-processor Itanium systems are available from a variety of system manufacturers including Bull, Dell Inc., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HCL Infosystems Ltd., IBM Corp., Kraftway Computers, Lenovo Group Ltd., MAXDATA, Samsung and Transtec AG, Intel said.
Intel currently offers a 1.4-GHz Itanium with 1.5MB and 4.0MB of level-3 cache for $1,172 and $2,247, respectively. Intel also offers a 1.5-GHz Itanium with 6MB of cache for $4,227, in 1,000-unit lots.
Intels new 1.4-GHz/3MB Itanium also will be priced at $1,172, indicative that Intel will phase out the 1.4-GHz/1.5MB part. The 1.60-GHz/3MB Itanium will be priced at $2,408.
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