Intel has introduced two high-end Itanium 2 processors designed for servers running databases, business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and technical computing applications.
The Itanium 2 processors have been designed with a 667MHz front side bus (FSB), which connects and transfers data between the microprocessor, chipset and the system's main memory.
Improved FSB bandwidth allows data to pass at 10.6Gbps from the processor to other system components. In contrast, current 400MHz FSB transfers data at just 6.4Gbps.
Servers designed to use this enhanced bus are expected to deliver more than 65 per cent greater system bandwidth over servers designed with current Itanium 2 processors with a 400MHz FSB, according to Intel.
The chip giant said that the processors will help set the stage for its forthcoming dual-core Itanium, codenamed Montecito, which will feature the same FSB architecture.
Platforms using Montecito will deliver up to twice the performance, up to three times the system bandwidth, and more than 2.5 times as much on-die cache as the current generation of Itanium processors, Intel stated.
Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Server Platforms Group, said: "We are coming up on the next major milestone for the Itanium processor family: dual-core server platforms based on Montecito."
The Itanium 2 processor clocked at 1.66GHz with 9MB of cache and 667MHz FSB is available at $4,655 in 1,000-unit quantities.
The Itanium 2 processor at 1.66GHz with 6MB of cache and 667Hz FSB will be available for $2,194 in 1,000-unit quantities.
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