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Pat Gelsinger talks about the Itanium future
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 06:55
Intel eyes the future of Itanium
By Rupert Goodwins
Special to CNET
Published: February 27, 2007, 4:00 AM PST

newsmaker In his nearly 30 years with Intel, Pat Gelsinger has led the design team for the 80486 processor, produced the ProShare videoconferencing system, and was chief technical officer during some of the most exciting--and troubled--times for the chipmaker.

Now that he's in charge of Intel's biggest and most important division, the Digital Enterprise Group, he's responsible for both the Core and Itanium processor lines.

In London for a conference on power management in data centers, Gelsinger sat down with CNET's sister site ZDNet UK to discuss a wide range of issues, in particular how Itanium is converging with the new Core architecture, how quickly the developing world is catching up in supercomputing, and the debate he doesn't expect to see concluded before 2020.

Q: How are you getting on with moving developments in the Core architecture onto the Itanium?
Gelsinger: Itanium used to be a shared development process between HP and Intel. We've consolidated that with the agreement we announced two years ago, which allowed us to integrate all of the Itanium development activities and get a consistent development methodology. Since that move, we've basically hit all of our timings--the first Montecito slip aside, we're back on track.... More

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