Intel readies Poulson Itanium chips

Summary:The company has previewed its next Itanium processor, code-named Poulson, which promises improvements to reliability and power management

Intel has previewed its next Itanium processor with improvements that include better power management, reliability and architecture.

Intel Poulson chip

Intel has previewed its next Itanium processor and improvements include better power management, reliability and architecture. Photo credit: Intel

No timeline was set for the next Itanium processor, which is code-named Poulson. The next Itanium will be designed to take advantage of advances in the Xeon processor architecture. The two chips will also be pin compatible. Itanium is targeted at the Unix and mainframe markets, while Xeons handle Windows, Solaris and Linux machines.

Among the key features of Poulson are eight cores; 54MB on die memory; improvements to mainframe reliability; bandwidth improvements; compatibility with the previous version of Itanium chips; and 32-nanometer process technology.

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Topics: Processors


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