Intel has completed its design for the Merced IA-64 microprocessor and customers could get samples within eight weeks.
Paul Otellini, a senior vice president at Intel, confirmed the news at a conference call following the release of its second quarter financial results.
The completion of the design means that factories can start to produce first silicon samples of the microprocessor, which it will test and then send to customers.
Because the Merced processor is aimed at the high end of the workstation and the server market, PC companies are likely to spend some time testing the design.
Volume production is still slated for the middle of next year, Intel said.
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