Intel has started to discontinue the Itanium 733 and 800MHz processors because the demand for the Itanium CPUs has shifted to higher performance Itanium and Itanium 2 processors. The CPUs with 2 and 4MB of L3 cache will be available for orders until the 10th April 2003, while the last delivery date is 14th of October 2005.
This year Intel launched its Itanium 2 processors that are manufactured using 0.18 micron technology, hence, running at higher clock-speeds and offering more computing performance. In about six month time Intel will unveil its family of Madison CPUs that will offer even more power.
The first core code-named Merced has accomplished its mission: about 50 000 workstations for developers based on the Itanium processors were sold world-wide, assuring that there will be a lot of applications developed especially for the IA64 CPUs.