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Intel Unveils Next Gen Itanium Processor 169

MojoKid writes "This week, at ISSCC Intel unveiled its next-generation Itanium processor, codenamed Poulson. This new design is easily the most significant update to Itanium Intel has ever built and could upset the current balance of power at the highest-end of the server / mainframe market. It may also be the Itanium that fully redeems the brand name and sheds the last vestiges of negativity that have dogged the chip since it launched ten years ago. Poulson incorporates a number of advances in its record-breaking 3.1 Billion transistors. It's socket-compatible with the older Tukwila processors and offers up to eight cores and 54MB of on-die memory."
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Intel Unveils Next Gen Itanium Processor

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  • Re:Whytanium? (Score:5, Informative)

    by the linux geek ( 799780 ) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @12:48PM (#35301342)
    Itanium is the #2 high-end UNIX server processor, ahead of SPARC but behind POWER. Itanium systems get between $4bn and $5bn and sales, and are growing. It didn't meet the original goal of taking over the world, but I don't know what parallel universe you live in to think it's a failure.

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