HP Reveals Details of Forthcoming PA-8700 Chip

STOCKHOLM (04/12/2000) - Hewlett-Packard Co. yesterday provided details of its forthcoming 64-bit PA-8700 processor, which the company said is designed to run at clock speeds of 800MHz and higher.

The processor, to be built on a 0.18-micron silicon-on-insulator copper process and to be capable of executing 3.2 billion operations per second, is scheduled to ship in servers and workstations by the first half of 2001, HP said in a statement issued at InterWorks 2000, an HP user group conference held in Las Vegas.

Other new features will include lower power consumption and 2.25M bytes of on-chip performance-enhancing cache memory, a 50 percent increase over the current PA-8600 series, the company said.

While the company also is developing the IA-64 processor architecture in cooperation with Intel Corp., HP said it is still committed to parallel development of its PA-RISC (Precision Architecture-Reduced Instruction Set Computing) family of processors at least through PA-8900, suggesting that two additional generations of the processor are yet to come.

Intel is scheduled to ship the first processors in the IA-64 series, called the Itanium, by mid-year.

Hewlett-Packard, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-857-1501 or on the Web at http://www.hp.com/.

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