Dual-core Itanium chip doubles transistor count

Intel has released details of its first dual-core Montecito chip, which will speed the performance of its Itanium systems.

Intel has released details of its first dual-core Montecito chip, which will speed the performance of its Itanium systems.

Intel told the International Solid State Circuits Conference in the US that Montecito would have 1.7 billion transistors, making it the first Intel chip with more than a billion.

Montecito, which is expected to make its first appearance at the end of this year, can run at 2GHz, making it faster than existing Itanium chips, which typically run at 1.6GHz.

Despite being faster, the new chip will run at lower temperatures than Intel’s current offerings. This will help it to conserve power, allowing the user’s machine to run longer. Montecito will run at a maximum of 100 watts, compared with the 130W of other Itanium systems.

Montecito’s performance is helped by another chip solution called Foxton. Foxton adjusts the speed of Montecito according to the type of applications that are running, which helps it to conserve power by raising and lowering the chip’s speed.

Foxton is an extension to Intel’s existing SpeedStep power conservation system, which competes with the system from Transmeta.

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