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Itanium Processor 9300 Series Makes Its Debut

With twice as many cores, Intel's two-billion-transistor processors more than double the performance of their predecessors. By ChannelPro

Itanium Processor 9300 Series Makes Its Debut

With twice as many cores, Intel's two-billion-transistor processors more than double the performance of their predecessors.

Intel Corp. has introduced the Itanium processor 9300 series, previously codenamed "Tukwila." Itanium processors deliver more than double the performance of their predecessors. They also boost scalability and add reliability features.
Itanium Processor 9300 Series Makes Its Debut

With the Gartner Group predicting a 650 percent growth in IT data over the next five years, businesses are likely to need increasingly powerful and scalable servers. Intel's two-billion-transistor Itanium processor 9300 series meets this need head on, with twice as many cores as its predecessor (four versus two), eight threads per processor (through enhanced Intel Hyper-Threading Technology), more cache, up to 800 percent the interconnect bandwidth, up to 500 percent the memory bandwidth, and up to 700 percent the memory capacity using-industry standard DDR3 components.

The Itanium processor 9300 series adds to the architecture's resiliency with new reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features that extend across the processor, its Intel QuickPath Interconnect technology, and the memory subsystem. The processor's advanced machine-check architecture coordinates error handling across the hardware, firmware, and operating system. It also improves system availability by enabling recovery from otherwise fatal errors.

The Itanium 9300 processor employs the second generation of Intel Virtualization Technology to improve performance and robustness. Its Intel 7500 chipset can directly assign I/O devices to virtual machines, further boosting efficiency.

Intel vice president Kirk Skaugen says the company's Itanium processor 9300 series ushers in a new era of "mission-critical computing. "We are delighted 80 percent of Global 100 companies have chosen Itanium-based servers for their most demanding workloads," he adds. "Intel is continuing to drive the economics of Moore's Law into mission-critical computing with today's Itanium 9300 processor announcement, more than doubling performance for our customers once again."

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