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Updated You might think that Intel's server processor release schedule would be settling down a little after the problems the company has had over the last quarter or so with late shipments of Pentium III Xeons and the delays to Foster, the 0.18 micron Pentium 4-derived Xeon processor.

And indeed Intel's latest roadmap does show the company firming up its roll-out of 0.13 micron Xeon processors, largely in harmony with their desktop equivalents. It also puts in place a solid release schedule for high-density blade server systems, all based around its 0.13 micron Tualatin-based Pentium III-S processors.

Incidentally, Intel appears to be phasing out the 'Pentium III Xeon' brand in favour of 'Pentium III-S', the name it introduced when it debut the first Tualatin (0.13 micron) server PIIIs. Yet is also refers to the parts as plain old 'Pentium III' and even 'Tualatin'.

But there are delays. The 0.13 micron four- and eight-way Xeon chip, codenamed Gallatin, has been put back three months to Q4 2002, undoubtedly because of the delay to its 0.18 micron predecessor, Foster, which instead of shipping last quarter will now appear early next year.

Prices for the 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6GHz multi-way Xeons will be $1177, $1980 and $3692, respectively. AMD-style, they will be branded as Xeon MP processors.

Prices for other parts, where we have them, are listed in the roadmap.

In the IA-64 world, McKinley's commercial release appears to have been put back from May 2002 to June 2002, but given Intel's fluid approach to Itanium releases, with initial pilot programmes and later full-scale roll-outs, that's not entirely surprising. Nor is the arrival of Madison, the successor to McKinley, which will now take place early 2003 rather than Q4 2002. New specs. are listed: Madison will have a massive 6MB of on-die L3 cache, and Madison will debut at 1GHz.

New introductions include the Plumas 533 chipset, which extends Plumas' 400MHz frontside bus support to 533MHz. Intel will also release the Plumas LE, designed to take the chipset into more price-conscious markets.

And Intel will offer Granite Bay, a new chipset for workstations, in Q3. That's about the same time as it will release Tehama-E, its next-generation Rambus-based chipset for the desktop market, so we should perhaps expect Granite Bay to be a souped up version of that part. ®

Q4 2001</>
·Itanium - 0.18 micron McKinley - 1.5-3MB on-die L3, 400MHz FSB (pilot programme)
·700MHz Pentium III-S - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 512KB L2, 100MHz FSB, 1.1V core (uni-processor thin, low-power servers)
·Chipsets: i870, Enabled

January 2002

·1.4, 1.5GHz Xeon MP - 0.18 micron Foster - 512KB on-die L3 (multi-processor systems) $1177, $1980
·1.6GHz Xeon MP - 0.18 micron Foster - 1MB on-die L3 (multi-processor systems) $3692

February 2002

·800MHz Low-Voltage Pentium III-S - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 512KB on-die L2, 133MHz FSB (blade systems)
·800MHz Ultra-low Voltage Pentium III-S - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 512KB on-die L2, 133MHz FSB (blade systems)

March 2002

·2.2GHz Xeon - 0.13 micron Prestonia - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB (workstation, dual-processor systems, low-power rack servers) $669
·Chipset: Plumas - DDR + Infiniband support

Q1 2002

·1.4GHz Pentium III Xeon - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 512KB on-die L2, 133MHz FSB (dual-processor, blade systems) $320

June 2002

·1GHz Itanium - 0.18 micron McKinley - 1.5-3MB on-die L3, 400MHz FSB (dual- and multi-processor systems) released as commercial product following pilot programme

Q2 2002

·2.4GHz Xeon - 0.13 micron Prestonia - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB (workstation, dual-processor systems)

Q3 2002

·2.53GHz Xeon - 0.13 micron Prestonia - 512KB on-die L2, 533MHz FSB (workstation, dual-processor systems)
·Chipset: Plumas 533 (1U, 2U dual-processor systems)
·Chipset: Granite Bay (workstations)
·1.53GHz Pentium III Xeon - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 512KB on-die L2, 133MHz FSB (blade systems)
·933MHz Low-Voltage Pentium III-S - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 512KB on-die L2, 133MHz FSB (blade systems)
·900MHz Ultra-low Voltage Pentium III-S - 0.13 micron Tualatin - 512KB on-die L2, 133MHz FSB (blade systems)

September 2002

·Chipset: Plumas LE (1U dual-processor systems)

Q4 2002

·2.4GHz+ Xeon - 0.13 micron Prestonia - 512KB on-die L2, 400MHz FSB (workstation, dual-processor systems)
·2.53GHz+ Xeon - 0.13 micron Prestonia - 512KB on-die L2, 533MHz FSB (workstation, dual-processor systems)
·1.6GHz+ Xeon MP - 0.13 micron Gallatin - 1-2MB on-die L3 (multi-processor systems)

Q1 2003

·Itanium - 0.13 micron Madison - 6MB on-die L3 (workstations, dual- and multi-processor servers)
·Itanium - 0.13 micron Deerfield - 3-6MB on-die L3 (rack servers)

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