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Dual-core, quad-core and processors with 24MB of cache; Intel is determined to take the top spot for servers

At the Intel Developer Forum a few weeks ago, Intel got the attention of the PC community by demonstrating its next-generation CPU architecture: Core. It almost seemed as though Intel's other products and technologies were being overshadowed by Conroe and Core, which won't be released for several months still.

On the server-side, Intel has an equally impressive lineup. For the enterprise segment, Intel's dual-core Itanium 2 MP is currently taking the top spot. Based on the Montecito core, the Itanium 2 9000 family brings 533MHz FSB to the table, which is less than the Itanium 2 9M, but with L3 cache options all the way up to a whopping 24MB. All Itanium 2 9000 series support Virtualization technology. The Itanium 2 9000 family is reserved for situations where clustering and mainframe environments are needed. Supporting up to 512-way configurations, Intel is hoping that Itanium 2 9000 will keep it leading in the high-end enterprise market.

Intel Itanium Processor Roadmap
Processor
Brand
Processor
No.

Core /
FSB
Cache Launch
Date
Price @
Launch
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9050
1.60GHz /
533MHz
24MB Q2'06 $3,690
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9040
1.60GHz /
533MHz
18MB Q2'06 $1,980
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9030
1.60GHz /
533MHz
2MB Q2'06 $1,550
Itanium 2 (Dual Core)
(Montecito)
9020
1.42GHz /
533MHz
12MB Q2'06 $910
Itanium 2 (Single Core)
(Montecito)
9010
1.60GHz /
533MHz
6MB Q2'06 $700

For entry level and mid-range configurations, Intel is letting its dual-core Xeon family drive the market through into 2007. Running at 800MHz FSB, current Xeon processors are based on the Paxville core, which supports 4-way and 8-way system configurations. In Q4'06, Intel will be introducing Xeon processors based on the Tulsa core. The new core will support the same configurations as Paxville but offer 16MB L3 cache options.

Intel Xeon Processor Roadmap
Processor
Brand
Processor
No.

Core /
FSB
Cache Launch
Date
Price @
Launch
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-0)
5160   3.0GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $850
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-1)
5150   2.66GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $690
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-2)
5140   2.33GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $455
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-3)
5130   2.0GHz /
1333MHz
4MB Q3'06 $320
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-4)
5120   1.86GHz /
106MHz
4MB Q3'06 $260
Xeon Processor DP
(Woodcrest Bin-5)
5110   1.60GHz /
1066MHz
4MB Q3'06 $210
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-0)
5080   3.73GHz /
1066MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $850
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-??)
5070   3.46GHz /
1066MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $690
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-3)
5060   3.2GHz /
1066MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $455
Xeon Processor DP
(Dempsey Bin-5)
5050   3.0GHz /
667MHz
2x2MB Q2'06 $320

The Xeon MP 7000 series, Paxville based CPUs, will be also coexist with the new Xeon 5000 family, which is based on the Dempsey core. Dempsey focuses more on power usage, especially that now a lot of companies are talking about performance-per-watt. Xeon processors based on Bensley platform  (Xeon 5000) will be introduced in Q3'06, with support for 1333MHz FSB and will be stacked under the Xeon 5000 family. 
The push to the 1333MHz FSB will also coincide with platform adoption of FB-DIMM and Core.

Coming in Q1'07, Intel will introduce Kentsfield, a quad-core processor for the desktop segment, which will actually be close to the same time that Merom is released. The server version of this CPU, Clovertown, appears on the roadmaps at the same time; Q1'07. Our Intel roadmaps seem to hint that Kentsfield may also make an appearance as a workstation CPU and not just an ultimate gamer "Extreme Edition" processor. 

Both AMD and Intel will be doing a lot of work on multi-core processors in 2007, but clearly the interest lies in what happens near the end of 2006. After all is said and done however, 2007 will ultimately determine whether or not the announcements made this year are worth waiting for.


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RE: What the heck are you guys talking about?!
By hstewarth on 4/1/2006 3:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
One question I have is that the current Dual Core Xeons are actual Xeon 7xxx series and that could explain there price above $1100. I really look forward to 51xx because 2 of them could easly be purchase for same cost - assume that you don't desire the 2.66 or 3Ghz cpu's. I am also glad to see all the 51xx have 4Meg cache and not just 2.66/3ghz cpu - not sure about that from previous articles.


By coldpower27 on 4/1/2006 5:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is the Xeon 7xxx Series is made for the Multi Processor 4-way environment while the Xeon 5xxx Series is designed for Dual Processor configuration hence why intel charges an arm and a leg for the Xeon 7xxx Series.

It will be awhile before we see replacements for this line on Core Microarchitecture, I think the first one your likely to see is Clovertown MP, which is basically 2 x Woodcrest in a MCM.



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