Intel Will Discuss New Itanium Architecture at ISSCC
Intel's Itanium 2
This is the first time Intel has substantially overhauled Itanium since the first chips arrived in 2001; Real World Tech's David Kanter has published an article on what the changes are likely to deliver and why it took Intel so long to make them. An eight-core, 32nm Poulson should outperform older Itanium parts by significant margins, particularly if Intel takes advantage of 32nm's smaller dies and improved thermals to increase clockspeeds above Tukwila's maximum of 1.73GHz or to increase cache sizes.
Poulson is currently expected to hit the market in 2012, more than a decade after Itanium first appeared. If it performs as advertised it could be the chip that redeems IA-64 and over a decade of investment.