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CNET News.com: Intel: Upcoming Itanium chip will hit 800 MHzFeb 07, 2000, 22:19 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)
"Although 800 MHz will make the new 64-bit chip slower than Pentium IIIs when it comes out, there are a number of performance benefits for this chip, Intel executives said at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference here.
'Eight-hundred MHz will be our speed at production; however, this is just the beginning,' said Gadi Singer, one of the head researchers on the Itanium project. 'The 800-MHz (chip) is being developed on a relatively new process and the architecture is not tuned yet for critical speed paths.'
Among other benefits: A four-processor Itanium server using a standard Intel chipset will be able to handle 64 gigabytes of memory, far more than traditional Intel server systems, Singer said. He also said that the system bus used with the chip will perform 266 million transfers per second--roughly equal to 266-MHz--which is double the current bus rate. The chip will execute six instructions per clock cycle, double the Pentium III in most circumstances."
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