Intel Unveils Itanium 9500 Processors

Intel Itanium ProcessorThe success of today’s enormous and highly complex businesses is dependent on certain key business applications. These applications are termed “mission-critical” because without their continual presence the businesses’ operations would not sustain and managers, working personnel, customers, and investors would greatly suffer. Intel, the world’s foremost computer chip manufacturer, has realized this phenomenon and sought to guarantee the success of these mission-critical applications by launching a new range of processors.

These processors, collectively dubbed the Itanium 9500 range, comprise a set of four cutting-edge processors all with supreme performance, speed, and resilience. The Itanium 9500 range of processors follows those of Intel’s previous Itanium 9300 range also known as the Tukwila series. A closer look at the highlights of the Itanium 9500 range of processors:

Individual Processor Codes

The four processors in the range have been coded 9520, 9540, 9550, and 9560 with the last-mentioned processor being the fastest and the most robust.


All the four processors have been built harnessing the advanced 32-nanometer technology. Further, they have been manufactured using the LGA (1248) component standard and their sockets support those of the Tukwila series.

Number of Cores

The 9520 and 9550 Itanium processors possess 4 cores each while the 9540 and the 9560 processors possess 8 cores each. This is a significant overall improvement over the Tukwila series.

Number of Threads

The 9520 and 9550 Itanium processors have 8 threads apiece while the 9540 and the 9560 processors have 16 threads each. All the processors are embedded with advanced Hyper-Threading knowhow, which enables a single core to simultaneously operate two threads.

Clock Speeds

The Itanium 9520, 9540, 9550, and 9560 processors have corresponding clocking speeds of 1.73 GHz, 2.13 GHz, 2.4 GHz and 2.53 GHz. It is important to note that the entire 9500 range is equipped with the Turbo Boost functionality for prime operational efficiency.

Thermal Design Power

A good Thermal Design Power (TDP) rating connotes a sufficiently cool system – a definite asset when it comes to supporting demanding and long-running business applications. The Itanium 9520 showcases a TDP rating of 130 watts while the other 3 processors boast a TDP rating of 170 watts each.

LLC or L3 reserves

The Itanium 9520 and 9540 processors have matching L3 reserves of 20MB and 24MB whereas the 9550 and 9560 units possess L3 reserves of 32MB each.

RAS Attributes

The complete range of Itanium 9500 processors possesses superlative Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) faculties such as End-to-End Fault Discovery, Cache Safe, and Command Replay. The last-mentioned facet is notable in that it intuitively repeats a processor command to redress entrenched faults.

Memory Controllers

The entire Itanium 9500 range is armed with two memory controllers each with full support for both DDR3-800 and DDR3-1066 memory configurations.

Virtualization Capabilities

All the Itanium 9500 processors come with Intel’s patented Virtualization Know how with considerably enhanced virtualization operations.


The primary current objective, indubitably, is to sustain mission-critical business applications. Looking ahead, Intel seeks to further hone the virtues of the Itanium 9500 processors and increase productivity thereby reducing overall product costs as well. Another aim it to align the processors’ operations with those of Xeon processors through component sharing and increased research.


The Itanium 9500 processors are available at prices commencing at USD 1350 and going up to USD 4650.


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