Intel's i870 chipset
Posted on: 02/17/2000 01:07 PM

Yes... Another new chipset from Intel! This one looks to be the big daddy for SMP users though, with support for up to 16 processors and Intel's new IA-32 and IA-64 architectures. James from CNewz sent me the link to the article right here
The company will give a preview of its 870 chip set which will allow OEMs to make symmetric multiprocessing systems with 16 or more processors. "We want to push our 32- and 64-bit microprocessor architectures deeper into enterprise business networks," said Justin Rattner, director of Intel's server architecture labs in Hillsboro, Ore.

The 870 chip set will use a cache coherent link called a scalability port, which will allow OEMs to attach multiple four-way SMP processors into larger, more powerful systems with distributed system memory. The chip set is targeted at the next-generation 32-bit "Foster" processors expected to ship late this year and the 64-bit "McKinley" processors which will ship next year.

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