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Intel Potomac delayed again, 64-bit Xeons proliferate

Server Roadmaps Potomac to have 8MB cache, Copper River workstations
Mon Jun 14 2004, 10:32
AS INTEL DOES not comment on unannounced products except when it does comment on such products, we can expect to get no comment on news that its significant Potomac server family is delayed once more, and is now expected in Q2 rather than Q1 next year.

That's what the latest sheaves of paper shuffled across a sticky bartop we saw at the Brass Monkey in Old Taipei show, anyroadmap.

Other news from the Monkey show that Intel is giving its server customers guidance that Potomacs will kick off at clock speeds greater than 3.50GHz and with 8MB of level three cache.

In addition, on the IA-32 multiprocessing front, Intel has added Cranfords - 3.66GHz/1MB L2 chips that use the Twin Castle chipset to its latest lineup.

Irwindale bins slated for Q1 include speeds of 3GHz, 3.20GHz, 3.40GHz and 3.60GHz.

Xeons using the Lindenhurst E7520 chipsets, some of which we saw at Computex, will debut at speeds of 3.60GHz, but will reach 4GHz by the first quarter of 2005. These are Irwindales, using the 90 nano core, 800MHz front side bus, with 2MB L2 caches, and using Intel Extended Memory 64 tech with 2MB.

Just as with desktop processors, Intel will introduce 1066MHz front side bus support with Copper River chipsets, which also include EMT 64.

In Q4 of this year, Intel will introduce a Lindenhurst 2.80GHz low voltage LV Xeon which also uses Extended Memory 64 technology.

Intel does not yet appear to have made up its mind about putting Dothans into server blades yet.

Montecito appears on the Intel roadmap once more, slated for Q3 next year, using the E8870 chipsets with a 400MHz front side bus.

Millington - a species of Itanium - will be offered then too with bus speeds of 400 and 533MHz.

In Q2 next year, Intel will offer Lakeport workstation chipsets with CPUs at 3.73GHz and 4GHz - these also support EMT 64.

Itanium 2s with 8MB of cache and running at 1.7GHz and with 6MB of cache and running at 1.6GHz will cost $4,200 and $2,250 at launch. The 1.5GHz/4MB version will cost $1,400. Intel will launch an LV 1.3GHz 3MB dual processor Itanium at $750. µ


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