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Feb 2 2010   2:40PM GMT

Looks like Intel will announce a new Itanium on Monday

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Intel will be holding a webcast next Monday, and it appears that it will be announcing its new Itanium processor at the event.

The Santa Clara, Calif. chip giant has said it expects to release the new Itanium, nicknamed Tukwila, in the first quarter this year. Tukwila has been delayed multiple times, and was originally slated to come out in 2007. It will be a 65-nanometer, quad-core chip with hyper-threading technology and integrated memory controllers.

Intel is not confirming whether the webcast on Monday will be for Itanium. But the invitation I received to the webcast said that Kirk Skaugen, VP for Intel Architecture Group, will lead the briefing and be accompanied by Martin Fink, senior VP and GM of business critical servers for HP Software. “Business critical servers” or Business Critical Systems is basically a longer way of saying HP’s Itanium-based Integrity servers, so it looks like it will be an Itanium announcement.

Update, 1:02pm ET:

Just saw this online at Intel’s PR page:

Itanium “Tukwila” Now Gaining Revenue; Q1 Launch Expected

February 2, 2010

“Tukwila,” the code name for the newest Itanium processor, has begun revenue shipments. The most advanced Itanium processor yet, “Tukwila” more than doubles the performance of its predecessor and adds a range of new scalability, reliability, and virtualization features. Eighty percent of the Global 100 companies already use Itanium-based servers. The launch of this Itanium mission-critical processor is part of a major push Intel is making into the server processor arena, with several announcements slated for the first half of the year.
So it looks like, at long last, Intel will actually be releasing another Itanium processor. 

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