SAN FRANCISCO During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Tuesday (Sept. 7), Intel Corp. outlined its processor roadmap, including a plan to merge or develop a single architecture for its separate 32- and 64-bit lines.
Over time, Intel is expected to integrate its separate 32-bit Xeon and 64-bit Itanium processor lines into what the company calls a "common platform architecture."
In the near term, for two-way servers and workstations, Intel first disclosed a follow-on processor to the recently introduced Xeon processor at 3.6-GHz. The code-named "Irwindale" processor is faster than previous parts for high-end computers, according to the microprocessor giant.
Then, Intel described its initial Xeon MP [multiprocessing] processors, based on its 90-nm process technology. Codenamed "Cranford" and "Potomac," the chips are expected in the first half of 2005.
Running 32-bit native code, the products will also include Intel's x86-based, 64-bit technology, dubbed Extended Memory 64 Technology. The parts will support Intel's Demand Based Switching with Enhanced SpeedStep Technology. They will be supported by a new four-way chip set, codenamed "Twin Castle," that supports PCI Express and DDR2 memory.
Multicore technology is expected to arrive in high-end systems with a dual-core Xeon processor MP code-named "Tulsa" and Itanium 2 processor dubbed "Montecito." An enhanced Itanium 2 dual-core processor, codenamed "Montvale," will be the first Itanium processor based on the 65-nm process technology.
Farther out on the roadmap are a multicore Xeon processor MP, code-named "Whitefield," and its multicore Itanium 2 processor counterpart, "Tukwila." "Whitefield" will share a common platform architecture with "Tukwila."
Intel did not provide details.