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Following a series of delays, Intel has finally begun revenue shipments of its "Tukwila" processor, the codename for its newest Itanium chip.
According to Intel, Tukwila more than the doubles the performance of its predecessor, while also adding a "range of new scalability, reliability, and virtualization features," the chip maker stated in a blog post.
Tukwila's official launch will likely come on February 8, the same day Intel is scheduled to hold a press conference alongside representatives from Hewlett-Packard's business-critical servers unit in its software business. No other OEM implements more Itanium parts than HP, who uses them to power its Integrity systems and NonStop servers.
Intel says that Tukwila will be the first of several announcements slated for the first half of this year as the company looks to make a "major push" into the server processor arena.