With over a year to go before hardware vendors get their first real glimpse of the Intel Merced chip, its partner, Hewlett-Packard, has announced an addition to its PA family.
The PA-8500 includes 1.5Mbytes of cache memory on board, speeding throughput and auguring well for Merced. It also uses a .25 micron process and offers 120 million transistors in the die, improving the accuracy of branch prediction, according to the company.
The scalable architecture will form the basis for the Merced chip, HP confirmed.
While Intel waits until it is ready for the right time to introduce its Merced, HP will continue to sell the product running flavours of Unix and later this year will work on clustered solutions using the 64-bit processor.
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