Intel’s New Itanium Processor Doubles Performance

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Chip maker Intel on Thursday rolled out its new Itanium Processor 9500, delivering what the company said was twice as much power compared to a previous version of the hardware.

Key features of the product include 3.1 billion transistors, support for 8 cores, 54 MB memory along with frequencies ranging from 1.73 GHz.

“Built on a new microarchitecture and providing breakthrough performance, the Intel Itanium 9500 processor family signals Intel’s ongoing commitment to deliver unparalleled reliability, availability and scalability to meet the critical application demands across all industries,” commented Diane Bryant, a VP at the company.

Prices range between $1350 and $4650.

The release follows a previous move in which the company enabled some compatibility between the Itanium and the Xeon processor lineup. Meanwhile, manufacturers expected to provide for the chip include HP and Hitachi, among others.