Unreleased Intel Itanium 9500-series CPUs spotted
Last December we reported that the next generation of Intel Itanium processors, codenamed "Poulson", will be available this quarter. We don't have any new information on the launch schedule, however we spotted a few unknown Itanium CPUs, possibly Poulson parts, in Intel's Product Change Notification (PCN). The document (PDF file) was published yesterday, and it notifies customers about CPU tray design modification. It also provides a list of affected processors, including Xeon E7, Itanium 9300 series, and previously unheard of Itanium 9500 series:
The listed processors have model numbers 9520, 9540, 9550 and 9560. So far 9xxx numbers were used only for Itanium products, which is why we concluded that new chips belong to Itanium family. Part numbers and S-spec numbers of these CPUs are unknown. The part numbers have "80631" product code, which is a new code, that was not used by any other Intel processor. Overall, we feel that the chances are good that these 4 SKUs are long anticipated Poulson-based Itaniums. According to the PCN, they will be clocked from 1.73 GHz for Itanium 9520, and up to 2.53 GHz for Itanium 9560.
Some other details on upcoming Itanium parts were disclosed by Intel last year. The processors will be produced on 32nm process, and will have 8 cores, 32 MB of last level cache, and support Hyper-Threading technology. The CPUs will add Instruction Replay Technology, and new instructions, and will be compatible with existing Itanium 9300 series offerings.
Update (June 16): Yesterday Intel published updated version of the same PCN document, which contains a revised list of affected products. The list no longer includes Itanium 9520, 9540, 9550 and 9550 microprocessors.
Related News (newer articles):
Nov 09, 2012: Intel launches Itanium 9500 microprocessors
Jul 11, 2012: Intel publishes Itanium 9500 reference manual
Jun 26, 2012: Spotted 9500-series CPUs confirmed to be "Poulson" Itaniums
Related News (older articles):
Dec 15, 2011: Itanium Poulson is on track for Q2 2012
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