Intel Madison to start from 1.5GHz
According to CNet, the third-generation 0.13-micron 64-bit Intel Itanium, codenamed Madison, will debut with about 1.5GHz, that surpasses current Itanium 2 chips 50%. As you know, Madison chips will feature up to 6Mb L3 cache (twice as much as Itanium 2 has) and thus up to 374 sq.mm crystal size, up to 410 million transistors, up to 130W dissipated power. According to Intel, all this will enable to raise the performance by 50% comparing to Itanium 2.
Intel hasn´t yet commented the future pricing policy for Madison, however, analysts believe that IA-64 prices will remain at the same level (the current Itanium 2 costs $4226, first-generation Itaniums costed $4227). According to provisional data, Madison chips will be compatible with Itanium II, making the upgrade cost-effective.
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