"I think the industry and the analysts are fairly impatient in the ramp of Itanium, but internally the Itanium 2 and the Itanium processor family is actually on track with our expectations," said Andy Combs, general manager of Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group.
Intel began shipping the Itanium 2, the second member of its Itanium chip family, in July. Codenamed McKinley, the Itanium 2 offers significant increases in performance over the first Itanium chip and future chips will build on these gains, Combs said.
"The recent release of McKinley is only the second step in a multi-year investment that Intel has for the Itanium processor family," Combs said. "We literally have more than five other Itanium processors in development right now."
The next Itanium 2 chip to hit the market, codenamed Madison, is scheduled to be released during the middle of 2003, Combs said. It will be made using a 0.13-micron process and incorporate 6Mbytes of on-chip cache and 500 million transistors, he said.
Madison will offer a performance increase of up to 50% over the existing Itanium 2, which is produced using a 0.18-micron process and includes up to 3Mbytes of on-chip cache and 220 million transistors, he said.
Madison will be followed in 2004 by a 64-bit chip codenamed Montecito, Combs said.