Intel reveiled more details about a new Itanium processor which is planned for 2005, its code-name is "Montecito" and it is going to be one hell of a monster. This IA64 processor made on the 90nm process will feature two cores and 24MB L3 cache memory.
Current Itanium processors have a 400MHZ FSB and have 32KB L1 cache, 256KB L2 cache and up to 6MB L3 cache. In 2004 Intel launch Itaniums called "Madison 9M" with 9MB of L3 cache. In 2004 they will also crank up the FSB speed with the DP Fanwood Itaniums which will have a 533MHz FSB.
During IDF Fall 2003, Intel’s President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini said that the Montecito processor will be two or three times faster than today’s Madison CPUs coming out later this year. Furthermore, the Tanglewood processor available in 2006 or 2007 will already be ten times faster compared to this year’s most powerful IA64 processor.
In general, Intel’s IA64 roadmap for 2005 – 2007 years looks very strong, as the company uncovers details of its future 64-bit microprocessors. The next big thing after dual-core Montecito is a product code-named Tanglewood that is projected to have up to 16 cores.