Intel has delayed by months the release of the next three major versions of the Itanium processor, a new blow for the processor family. Montecito recently had been scheduled for debut this year will debut in mid-2006. Its successor, “Montvale,” was pushed from late 2006 to 2007, and the next major redesign, “Tukwila,” was pushed from 2007 to 2008. In addition, Montecito won’t incorporate the “Foxton” technology that would allowed the chip to run faster when it had cooled. Consequently, its top speed has been reduced from 2GHz to 1.6GHz. Another change will be removal of 667MHz FSB Montecito models leaving only the 400MHz and 533MHz models.

Intel has delayed by months the release of the next three major versions of the Itanium processor, a new blow for the processor family. Montecito recently had been scheduled for debut this year will debut in mid-2006. Its successor, “Montvale,” was pushed from late 2006 to 2007, and the next major redesign, “Tukwila,” was pushed from 2007 to 2008. In addition, Montecito won’t incorporate the “Foxton” technology that would allowed the chip to run faster when it had cooled. Consequently, its top speed has been reduced from 2GHz to 1.6GHz. Another change will be removal of 667MHz FSB Montecito models leaving only the 400MHz and 533MHz models.