Intel previews next Itanium mainframe chip

At San Francisco conference, chipmaker is offering a peek at the processor code-named Poulson, whose improvements include better power management.

Intel is previewing its next Itanium processor today and improvements include better power management, reliability, and architecture. No timeline was set for the next Itanium, code-named Poulson.

The next Itanium will be designed to take advantage of advances in the Xeon processor architecture. The two chips will also be pin compatible. Itanium is targeted at the Unix and mainframe markets. Xeons handle Windows, Solaris, and Linux machines

Rory M. McInerney, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and director of the Microprocessor Development Group, planned to preview Itanium at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

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