Intel® Itanium™-Based Systems Poised For Production
Manufacturers to Ship First Systems in June; Servers and Workstations From 25 Companies Expected This Year
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2001 - Computer manufacturers are expected to introduce initial Intel® Itanium™-based servers and workstations in June, Intel Corporation said today. The company expects approximately 25 computer manufacturers to offer more than 35 models this year, as hundreds of hardware, software and application vendors provide products that support Itanium-based systems.
Targeted at the most demanding enterprise and high-performance computing applications, the Itanium processor is the first in a family of 64-bit products from Intel. The Itanium processor's Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) design enables breakthrough capabilities in processing terabytes of data, speeding protected online purchases and transactions, and processing complex computations.
These features address the growing needs for data communications, storage, analysis and security while providing performance, scalability and reliability advantages at significantly lower costs than proprietary offerings. Application segments include large databases, data-mining, e-Commerce security transactions and mechanical computer-aided engineering, as well as high-performance and scientific computing.
Four operating systems will support Itanium-based systems, including the Microsoft Windows* platform (64-bit Edition* for workstations and 64-bit Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition 2002* for servers); Hewlett Packard's HP-UX 11i v1.5*, IBM's AIX-5L* and Linux. Caldera International, Red Hat, SuSE Linux and Turbolinux plan to provide 64-bit versions of the Linux operating system.
Itanium-based systems deliver world-class performance and reliability through a number of product and architectural innovations. For example, database and data-mining applications used by corporations and online stores can take advantage of the large cache memory, 64-bit addressability and the EPIC technology's ability to execute more operations simultaneously to speed data queries and transactions for up to 16 terabytes of data. The Itanium processor's floating point engine enables industry-leading performance for complex computations such as those required by data-mining, scientific and technical computing applications.
According to independent testing results, Itanium-based systems can provide up to a twelve-fold performance improvement for online security transactions over proprietary RISC designs**. The Itanium Architecture also includes unique reliability features via its Enhanced Machine Check Architecture, enabling error detection, correction and logging as well as Error-Correcting Code (ECC) and parity checking features. Itanium processors will feature 2 and 4 MB of L3 cache and 800 and 733 MHz frequency speeds at prices ranging from $1,177 to $4,227.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products.