Intel unveils new Itanium 2 processors

Hardware giant Intel has unveiled two new Itanium 2 processors.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 14, 2004

Hardware giant Intel has unveiled two new Itanium 2 processors. The company claims the new CPUs offer system manufacturers half the cost and 50% better performance than the last Itanium 2 based systems it shipped two years ago. "As Itanium 2-based servers push further into enterprise infrastructures we are able to reduce the overall systems cost while increasing the performance," said Richard Dracott, general manager of Enterprise Marketing and Planning at Intel. "End users will benefit from the flexibility and choice that Intel-based solutions bring to their organisations." The price and performance improvements the firm claims its new processors bring are the next step in Intel's push to deliver Itanium 2-based systems with up to twice the performance as Xeon based systems for the same overall system cost by the year 2007. Intel has two server architectures – its flagship Itanium 2 processors are aimed at business critical enterprise servers and technical computing clusters, while its Xeon CPU family is designed to support general purpose IT infrastructure. Its new processors are the Itanium 2 at 1.40 GHz with 3MB level three (L3) cache (available for around $1,172 in 1,000-unit quantities) and the Itanium 2 processor at 1.6GHz with 3MB L3 cache ($2,408 in similar quantities). Intel also intends offering manufacturers a rack-optimized, dual-processor Intel server platform for these new Itanium 2 products.

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