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Feb 10 2010   5:42PM GMT

So is Itanium back on track?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

One thing I didn’t write about in an article this week about the new Intel Itanium processor, was future Itanium processors.

Since Intel has had a history of missing deadlines when it comes to Itanium, it seems important that they maybe hit one the next time around. The chip giant has been talking for years about its Itanium roadmap, and how solid it is, but the timescales on that roadmap have had a tendency to move around somewhat. So here is what Intel execs had to say about future Itanium processors.

The next Itanium, codenamed Poulson, will jump right from Tukwila’s 60-nanometer architecture to 32 nanometers. It is expected to have at least eight cores, whereas the Tukwila unveiled this week has four. Kirk Skaugen, VP of the Intel Architecture Group, said that Intel is on an “approximate two-year beat rate.” That means Poulson should be out in two years, in 2012.

Following that, Intel plans on releasing a new Itanium chip, codenamed Kittson, two years after Poulson, in 2014. Few details have emerged from the chip other than promises, of course, of improved performance.

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