Intel unveils Itanium 9300, highlights next-gen computing for enterprise

Intel unveils Itanium 9300, highlights next-gen computing for enterprise

Summary: Intel keeps up in the server wars with an announcement of its Itanium 9300 processor


Intel today highlighted another Moore's Law update in computing power, unveiling the Intanium 9300 processor - which had been codenamed "Tukwila" - touting its increased performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise-level computing.

The announcement, which was delivered with partner HP standing on stage with Intel, comes as the server wars heat up today. This morning, IBM kicked things off with a rollout of its latest Power 7 systems, which are designed to power everything from smart grids to analytics. In a Webcast presentation today, Intel touted the performance bullet points:

  • Twice as many cores as its predecessor - four versus two
  • Eight threads per processor (through enhanced Intel Hyper-Threading Technology)
  • More cache
  • Up to 800 percent the interconnect bandwidth
  • Up to 500 percent the memory bandwidth
  • Up to 700 percent the memory capacity using-industry standard DDR3 components

The company also said the processor's advanced machine-check architecture manages errors through the hardware, firmware and OS, enabling recovery from otherwise fatal errors. The processor uses the next generation of the company's Virtualization technology to improve performance.

The company, in it announcement, also highlighted "common platform ingredients" to spur innovation and add value. In its news release, the company wrote:

The Itanium® 9300 processor series and the future Intel Xeon processor, codenamed "Nehalem EX," share several platform ingredients, including the Intel QuickPath Interconnect, the Intel Scalable Memory Interconnect, the Intel 7500 Scalable Memory Buffer (to take advantage of industry standard DDR3 memory), and I/O hub (Intel 7500 chipset). The common elements foster shared innovation, design synergy, and manufacturing efficiency across Intel Xeon® and Itanium processor families, and flexibility for customers.

Finally, the company also addressed what it called intelligent energy efficiency using an enhanced form of Demand-Based Switching to lower power consumption when utilization is low. The Turbo Boost technology kicks into gear to deliver a performance boost when it's needed but then scales down to conserve power when it's not.

Topics: Hardware, Intel, Processors

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  • I've always like Itanium for its clean and modern architecture, but...

    This processor has the same "flaw" that every other Itanium has, no x86 backward capability. That pretty much has doomed the prior Itaniums to a very small market and I can't see how it will be different for this Itanium.

    Does anyone think this is going to be a commercial hit?
    • I don't think they are after the x86 market

      I think Intel is targeting a market that is above an beyond x86 with the Itanium. They have Xeon for the x86 crowd which are pretty powerful and scalable. If your looking for the ultimate x86 server, check out the HP DL580 G5.
  • RE: Intel unveils Itanium 9300, highlights next-gen computing for enterprise

    Truly, does anybody really care about Power or Itanium? I guess competition is good, but the price/performance/manageability/ability-to-execute has to go to the x86 platform. I'm sure there's edge cases where these chips make sense, but I don't think it's worth looking anywhere else for business computing.
    • huh?

      have you ever looked at the stats in the server market??? the whole market is about $60B - of that x86 makes up about $32B - the other $28B is the RISC/Mainframe market - are you suggesting that IBM/Intel turn their back on a $28B market? (OK its a shrinking market, but its gonna be considerable for another 10 years minimum)