Intel will update its Itanium 2 processor line with two new configurations of the chip, designed for dual-processor servers. The announcement was scheduled for its Intel Developer Forum conference in Taipei last week.
A 1.4GHz version of the processor with 3MB of level 3 cache would be available from this week, and a faster 1.6GHz version with the same amount of cache would be available in May, the company said.
A variety of computer vendors including Dell, IBM and Fujitsu planned to ship systems with the processors, Intel said.
These servers are expected to be faster, and cost about 30 per cent less than current Itanium dual-processor systems, which were built with the 1.4GHz processor that Intel launched last September.
That chip contains 1.5MB of cache.
When purchased in 1000-unit quantities, the new 1.4GHz chip would cost $US1172 per processor, while its 1.6GHz sister processor would cost $US2408, Intel said.