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Current Intel "Montecito" Itanium die
Intel's Itanium and Xeon architectures will have more similarities in the future

Intel’s enterprise Itanium and mainstream Xeon server platforms have remained completely independent from each other, in terms of technology. There has never been platform sharing, chipset sharing or anything else in that regards. However, Intel expects to converge the two server and workstation platforms. 

Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s senior vice president and co-general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, outlined future convergence plans of Xeon and Itanium product lineups in an interview.

When asked how its Core and Itanium architectures will intertwine, Gelsinger responded “The first realization of that is Tukwila [quad-core Itanium] in late 2008, the next step in the product family, where we move to common system architecture elements, as well as full alignment on design tools and process.”

The upcoming Itanium Tukwila will take advantage of Intel’s common system interface, also known as CSI.

As Intel moves its Itanium and Xeon processors converge towards the common CSI-bus, the processors will share more similarities. Cache architectures of the two processors will become similar in the future, as there are no compelling reasons to have different cache architectures between Itanium and Xeon processors.

CSI-bus aside, Intel’s Tukwila-core is the first multi-core Itanium architecture. Tukwila is also the successor to Montecito, which Intel launched last year.

Intel expects to have common platform development as well. Common platforms will allow OEMs to have a single platform for Xeons and lower-end Itanium processors – easing OEM developments.

Those expecting Intel to produce a hybrid x86-64 and IA64 compatible processor will be disappointed, as Intel does not intend to take Itanium and Xeon convergence that far. “I don't see it getting that far, but I am driving these things to be as common as possible,” said Gelsinger.

Update 2/27/2007: The reference we had to Tigerton supporting CSI in 2007 was incorrect and has been removed.


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RE: Why is Itanium Still Alive?
By NT78stonewobble on 2/27/2007 1:36:16 AM , Rating: 0
Just as relevant... and true as calling you a Saddam Hussein luvah based on your comment.

Especially calling either the relevant topic (itanium) a failure or the irrelevant topic (iraq) a failure without any evidence...


RE: Why is Itanium Still Alive?
By hellokeith on 2/27/2007 11:28:09 AM , Rating: 1
Sprockkets is likely an AMD + Linux (or even worse, FreeBSD) fanboy who thinks opensource software can calm the heart of brutal totalitarian dictators.


RE: Why is Itanium Still Alive?
By sprockkets on 2/27/2007 11:50:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sprockkets is likely an AMD + Linux (or even worse, FreeBSD) fanboy who thinks opensource software can calm the heart of brutal totalitarian dictators.


Yeah, one Prescott based 865G system, one AMD64+ 3000 system, one laptop with a Pentium M chip with a 855GM chipset in it, with all computers running either WinXP Pro legit + SuSE 10.2. Intel hardware is well supported in Linux too so there goes me favoring AMD.

If you want to debate software religiously, then talk to Richard Stalman. Otherwise, some people use linux because it just works better for them. I view microsoft as a screaming whiner because that is how Steve Ballmer acts.


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