Intel updates Itanium 2 processor

At its Intel Developer Forum conference in Taipei this Tuesday, Intel Corp. plans to update its Itanium 2 processor line with two new configurations of the chip, designed for dual-processor servers.

A 1.4GHz version of the processor with 3M bytes of level 3 cache will be available as of Tuesday, and a faster, 1.6GHz version with the same amount of cache will be available as of May, the company said in a statement.

A variety of computer vendors including Dell Inc., IBM Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. plan to ship systems with the processors, Intel said. These servers are expected to be faster, and cost approximately 30 percent less than current Itanium dual-processor systems, which are built with the 1.4GHz processor that Intel launched last September. That chip contains 1.5M bytes of cache.

When purchased in 1,000-unit quantities, the new 1.4GHz chip will cost US$1,172 per processor, while its 1.6GHz sister processor will cost US$2,408, Intel said.

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