Paul Otellini from Intel has showed analysts in New York a 12-inch wafer containing Montecito chips. According to him these would be available in 2005. The processor has 1.7 billion transistors on each chip, 24MB cache and has 2 cores.
He also said that nine out of 10 RISC firms now ship Itanium processors. The tenth is Sun, of course.
Intel claims that 40% of large corporations now deploy Itanium machines and there's over 1600 applications for the chip.
He also said that Intel will work on producing porting software for both its iAMD64 and Itanium platform.
And he claimed that Intel's competitor in this market - and by this he must mean AMD - has no technology anywhere near its own and future plans.