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Self-Defense Guide to the Intel Roadmap

As usual at the Intel Developers Forum, the chip giant tossed around a lot of code-names for forthcoming chips and chipsets.

The inevitable next step is a meeting in your organization where some showoff tries to dominate a conversation about future equipment purchases by dropping Intel code-names that nobody else has picked up on yet. Clip this guide, and keep it as a defense against that guy. Oh, who are we kidding? Use this guide to be that showoff.

Itanium MP
Madison — The next release in the Itanium 2 family will ship this year with 9MB of cache. Top frequency: 1.6GHz.

Montecito — The chip that brings dual-core and multi-threading to the Itanium line. Plans call for a February release.

Montvale — A 65-nm follow-on to Montecito. Scheduled for the 2005-2006+ timeframe.

Tukwila — Loosely planned for 2007, this is supposed to be the first Itanium family processor to run on a common platform with Xeon family processors. An essential piece of Intel's strategy to bring down the costs of Itanium-based computing.

Xeon MP
Cranford — Milestone chip for Xeon MP line. Debut list includes 90-nm process, PCI Express, Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology and DDR2 memory. Look for it in 2005.

Potomac — Follow-on Xeon MP proc-essor to Cranford. Also slated for 2005.

Tulsa — Supposed to be the first dual-core Xeon MP processor. Scheduled for 2006+.

Twin Castle — Chipset for Cranford, Potomac and Tulsa. Supports PCI Express and DDR2 memory.

Whitefield — The Xeon MP chip planned to run atop the common architecture that will also support Itanium chips starting with Tukwila. Other planned improvements: multicore support, 65 nm process.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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