The Itanium 2 (code name McKinley), the second generation of Intel’s 64-bit processor, would be 50% more efficient than its predecessor. It is ultimately the only near-certainty that emerges from the drawer test bench presented by Intel at the Intel Developer Forum. For the rest, it is above all a question of projections in which Intel is chasing its processor, which at best will be available at the beginning of 2003, the UltraSparc III,

Sun’s 64-bit server chip, on the market since September 2000.

In the end, results to be taken with a pinch of salt. Intel claims that a four Itanium 2 system supports 1.5 times more transactions per minute than an equivalent system based on UltraSparc III.