New Intel® Itanium® Processor 9500 Delivers Breakthrough Capabilities for Mission-Critical Computing

  New Intel® Itanium® Processor 9500 Delivers Breakthrough Capabilities for
  Mission-Critical Computing

     Based on New Microarchitecture, Intel^® Itanium® Processor, Doubles
                      Performance and Boosts Resiliency


  *The Intel® Itanium® processor 9500 delivers unprecedented availability,
    error resiliency and performance increase over the previous generation.
  *With twice the number of cores on a new architecture, the Intel Itanium
    processor 9500 series will provide up to 2.4 times performance scaling^1
    and 33 percent faster I/O speed over the previous generation, with new
    capabilities such as the Intel® Instruction Replay Technology.
  *Future generations of Intel Itanium processors will adopt an innovative
    “Modular Development Model” that enables deeper commonality between Intel
    Itanium and the Intel Xeon processor E7 family, from shared silicon design
    elements to full-socket compatibility. This will provide a more
    sustainable path for Itanium development and greater design flexibility
    for Intel’s partners.

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- November 08, 2012

In an era of unprecedented growth in data usage, businesses require powerful
computing solutions that can deliver scalable and resilient performance to run
IT’s most mission-critical applications. The new Intel® Itanium® processor
9500 series is more than twice as powerful as the previous generation, making
it ideal for today’s most demanding workloads, including business analytics,
database, and large-scale enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications.
Systems based on Intel’s Itanium processors run in more than three-quarters of
the World’s Global 100 companies across industries such as aerospace, energy,
life sciences and telecommunications. With the Intel Itanium processor 9500
series, these industries will benefit from a leap in performance and an
increase in world-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS)

“In a world where businesses are increasingly dependent on IT for their
competitive advantage, more and more business applications are rightfully
called ‘mission critical’; they must be always available, highly responsive
and extremely reliable.It’s for precisely these computing workloads that
we’ve developed the Intel Itanium 9500 processor,” said Diane Bryant, vice
president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems
Group.“Built on a new microarchitecture and providing breakthrough
performance, the Intel Itanium 9500 processor family signals Intel’s ongoing
commitment to deliver unparalleled reliability, availability and scalability
to meet the critical application demands across all industries.”

Enterprise Performance with World-Class Availability

Containing 3.1 billion transistors, the Intel Itanium processor 9500 series is
Intel’s most sophisticated general purpose processors to date. It supports up
to twice as many cores (8 instead of 4) than the previous-generation
processor, packs up to 54 MB of on-die memory, and enables up to 2 TB of low
voltage DIMMs in a four-socket configuration. The speed of the processor
increased 40 percent over the previous generation in lower power
configurations. The new frequencies range from 1.73 GHz and a power level of
130 watts, to 2.53 GHz at a power level of 170 watts.

Delivering the highest levels of Intel Itanium performance, the new processors
enable highly scalable deployments with world-class availability for
data-intensive applications where downtime is not an option. These include
ERP, supply chain management and customer relationship management (CRM)

Modular Development Model Provides More Flexibility

In 2010, Intel introduced its common platform strategy that allows Intel
Itanium and Intel Xeon processors to utilize common platform ingredients
including chipsets, interconnects and memory. This strategy gives Intel the
ability to cascade the strength of Intel Itanium RAS features to benefit the
Intel Xeon processor E7 family, and allows Intel Itanium to further extract
the efficiencies and value of higher volume economics. For the next-generation
Intel Itanium product family, code-named “Kittson,” Intel will employ an
innovative model for Intel Itanium and Intel Xeon development called “Modular
Development Model.” The model will extend the common platform strategy by
sharing silicon-level design elements and socket compatibility. The result for
Intel is an even more sustainable path to bring future Itanium processors to
market. In addition, OEMs will be able to develop one single motherboard
platform for both architectures.

Industry Support

Intel Itanium processors continue to maintain strong industry support among
systems makers such as Bull, Hitachi, HP, Inspur and NEC. Enterprise
applications are widely available from multiple vendors, such as, Oracle, SAP,
SAS, Sybase and Temenos, among other vendors that underscore the ISV
community’s efforts to ensure the success of the Intel Itanium
mission-critical ecosystem.

“A mission-critical IT infrastructure with resiliency, scalability and high
availability is critical to the success of enterprises,” said Ric Lewis, vice
president and interim general manager, Business Critical Systems, HP. “The
addition of the Intel® Itanium® processor 9500 series to our newly enhanced HP
Integrity and HP-UX portfolio provides breakthrough performance, increased
productivity and delivers on HP’s commitment to provide our customers with
investment protection.”

"NEC has been working with Intel more than 15 years to build enterprise
servers based on Intel Itanium processors," said Kazuaki Iwamoto, vice
president and senior general manager of IT hardware operations unit, NEC
Corporation. "We are pleased to provide our customers with the new enterprise
servers based on Intel Itanium processor 9500 series for their highly scalable
and mission critical systems."

Pricing and Availability

The Intel Itanium processor 9500 series is available now and is priced from
$1,350 to $4,650 in quantities of 1,000 units.

Additional information including the product announcement presentation,
product data sheet and pictures are available here.

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