Intel said the doubled cache would be ideal for transaction processing, data warehousing and other intensive database applications. The firm expects typical configurations to be 4-CPU and larger symmetric multiprocessing servers.
The chip giant said the chip would better enable it to compete with non-x86 designs. The device will be built on Intel's 0.35-micron process and costs $2,675 in 1000-unit quantities.
Last Friday, Intel said future server platforms will include Compaq's PCI Hot Plug ASIC technology for adding PCI peripherals without having to first shut down the system.