Intel’s Itanium chip is all set to be back in the game, this time with the full power of 8 cores and a 32-nanometre manufacturing process.
Though Itanium is widely assumed to be slow, Intel wants to revive it with the forthcoming 9500 series Itanium 64-bit processor.
Though companies like Oracle think Itanium is doomed, HP allegedly had agreed to pay Intel $690 million between 2009 and 2014 to keep the Itanium alive. Anyway, a better version of Itanium is on its way.
The new chip, according to a research manual published by Intel this week, will come with 16 KB instruction sets and data caches for each core. The number of Poulson chips will be doubled, based on a 65-nanometre process, and will support DDR-3 800 and 1066 error-correcting memory.
The CPUs incorporate Hyper-Threading and Virtualization technologies as well. There is no word on clock-speeds which is a little silly given that is what the effort is supposed to achieve.
Itanium 9520 will reportedly operate at 1.73 GHz. And 9540, 9550 and 9560 models will run at 2.13 GHz, 2.4 GHz and 2.53 GHz, respectively.