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The VP and general manager of Intel's enterprise platform group, Mike Fister, today confirmed tightness in supply of Xeon 700MHz microprocessors.

Earlier this week, we reported that Compaq kit was in short supply because of the tightness.

And Fister also disclosed others details of Intel's future roadmap plans, confirming stories we wrote earlier this year.

Fister said of the 700MHz Xeon shortage, "capacity is tight" but added that when such shortages occurred, chips were given to firms, such as Compaq and Dell, depending on their forward forecasts.

He said that the Xeon family will continue with Gallatin, a shrunk .13 micron version, while its 82870 chipset will support McKinley, a 64-bit processor, and Gallatin, as well as other "future" processors. Further, the 82870 will also support synchronous memory, double data rate memory, and Rambus, simultaneously, he said.

While Intel said at its spring developer forum that Foster, the Pentium 4's grown up server brother, would support DDR, he said that the 860 chipset for the microprocessor, will now support Rambus memory, again as revealed here.

But there's one codename we hadn't come across before, and that is Plumas. This vague chipset is for dual processing servers, although of which flavour, Fister did not say.

Foster, meanwhile, seems to have developed that persistent Intel infection called "lateness".

Roadmaps leaked to The Reg originally suggested Foster processors would appear in Q1. This will happen for workstation flavours of the microprocessor, but multiprocessing (MP) four way and eight way Fosters won't now happen until quarter three of next year and will be a "pilot release". Dual processor parts, based on the ServerWorks chipset, won't be introduced until Q2 of next year. ®

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