By the end of this year Intel is expected to release up to nine Montecito Itanium processors. The chips will only run at a slightly higher clockspeed than the current Itanium 2 processors but they will be able to dynamically overclock themselves by 200MHz when the temperature levels allow it. This technology is called Foxton.
The first three Itanium 2 processors based on the Montecito core will be single-core 1.60GHz (model 9010), dual-core 1.40GHz (model 9020) as well as dual-core 1.60GHz (model 9040). Dual-core Itanium 2 processors will have 18MB of L2 cache as well as 533MHz processor system bus (PSB), whereas the single-core flavour will sport 6MB of cache and will use 400MHz PSB, according to CNET News.com web-site. The chipmaker reportedly plans to ship Montecito in limited quantities this year, with full volume beginning in the first quarter of 2006.