Intel heeft de eerste Itanium testsystemen aan ontwikkelaars geleverd, zo bericht The Register. Opvallend is de vermogens opname van deze broodrooster, die bedraagd maar liefst 140Watt (holy cow, hoe gaan we dan koelen!?):
The first samples of Intel Merced silicon have started to reach technologists and prototype IA-64 based PC systems are currently in the labs.
According to sources close to Intel's plans, the company has managed to clock the Merced-Itanic to respectable and high clock speeds, but currently heat dissipation and power consumption are issues for manufacturers.
Two way systems are said to be delivering clock speeds of 1000MHz each already, but each processor is demanding 140 watts of electricity, said a source. The current goal of engineers at Intel is to bring that level of juice down very sharply indeed. At power consumption like this, you could quite happily toast your waffles for breakfast.