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Photos: Servers meet Montecito

Japanese company unveils machines powered by Intel's dual-core Itanium 2 chip, known as Montecito.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor
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Gelsinger and Montecito

Pat Gelsinger, general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, holds a 300mm wafer made of dozens of "Montecito" Itanium 2 processors at a launch event in San Francisco.

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Montecito servers

Server makers Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Silicon Graphics, NEC, Bull, Fujitsu and Unisys showed off servers using Intel's new Montecito processor. The seven systems weighed a total of 8 tons.

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Primequest 520

Fujitsu's Primequest 520 accommodates as many as eight dual-core Itanium 2 9050 "Montecito" processors. It's the first eight-socket Itanium machine the company has sold in North America. The system will be available in September.

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Primequest 580

Fujitsu's top-end Primequest 580 can use as many as 32 dual-core Itanium 2 processors. The systems run Microsoft's Windows or Linux from Red Hat and Novell.

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Processor module

Each processor module in Fujitsu's Primequest 520, 540 and 580 servers holds four Itanium 2 processors and can be divided into two independent software partitions.

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SGI Altix with Montecito

Silicon Graphics is upgrading its Altix 4700 and lower-end 450 systems with Intel's new Montecito Itanium processors.

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Wafer of chips

A wafer of Montecito chips stands next to a much earlier wafer of Intel's 80486 processor. Montecito, with 1.7 billion transistors, compared with 1.1 million for the 80486. Gelsinger led the design work of the 486.

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Montecito front and back

Intel is announcing six versions of its "Montecito" Itanium 2 processor on Tuesday. This image shows the front and back of the chip package. Models range in price from $696 to $3,692 in quantities of 1,000.

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Dual cores, cache memory

A high-resolution close-up shows the dual processing cores and large tracts of high-speed cache memory in the "Montecito" version of Intel's Itanium 2 chip.

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