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Itanium ideal for security transactions

Intel is reporting that its new Itanium processor is returning record results in lab testing for e-commerce security transactions conducted by Cordiant.

Intel’s new Itanium processor is enabling better performance on security transactions, the company reports. According to research by Cordiant, the processor, which is the first IA-64 processor from the chip manufacturer, can process security transactions ten times faster than rival RISC-base processors.

In the testing, Cordiant found that a server configured with four 800Mhz Itanium processors could handle 1,376 security transactions against 114 for a comparably configured Sun Enterprise 420R system. Intel says that the processor’s improved floating performance, large cache and high bandwidth make it ideal for deployment in servers and workstations used for e-commerce security.

"The lack of speed and reliability in security is one of the roadblocks to large-scale adoption of e-commerce," said Gilbert Lacroix, Intel general manager, Middle East and North Africa. "Today's news confirms that Intel's Itanium architecture delivers the performance to enable scalable and protected e-business transactions."

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