Intel and Hewlett-Packard will publish a jointly authored document about their IA-64 processor technology, codenamed Merced, on their respective Web sites on Wednesday to try and boost interest in the developer community.
The companies said on Tuesday that Merced silicon would be available in a few months, prototype systems would appear by the end of the year and production systems would start shipping about the middle of next year. Linux prototypes are also expected by the end of the year as part of the two firm's Open Source agreement for Merced.
Ron Curry, Intel's director of marketing, said: "This is the first time in quite a few years that Intel and HP have introduced a new instruction set for computers." .
He continued it was also the first time they had implemented Epic (Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing) technology to deliver parallelism and scalability that he attested was not achievable using conventional Risc architectures.
Parallelism, he added, was seen as particularly important in IA-64 to ensure that the chip architecture could handle computing demands for the next 25 or 30 years, particularly in relation to ebusiness.
"In the first generation, you will see systems that have hundreds and thousands of processors," Curry said.
Jim Carlson, HP's director of marketing, outlined four areas where he hoped the IA-64 architecture would flourish.
"At the front end, proxy servers will increase their focus on the Web, and this new architecture will help multimedia streaming by getting it through faster. Security is also a critical area and the mid tier and back end round out the areas of concentration," he said.
He added that the new IA-64 architecture used cache and memory more efficiently, which lowered costs.
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