'Xeon DP': The dual version of the Pentium 4
For months it haunted Intel's roadmaps under the name 'Foster', now it will be launched on the market as 'Xeon DP'. We are talking about the dual or server version of the Pentium 4. In addition to the dual processor capability, it can come up with Intel's new SSE2 instruction set.
Unfortunately, the trend that has become the norm is again confirmed here: The Xeon DP not only needs a new chipset, the i860, but also a new socket, which will be called Socket 603. The i580 successor offers support of up to 8 GB of RAM in addition to a whole range of improvements and could perhaps finally bring the P4 close to its theoretically possible memory bandwidth of 3.2 GB, which was previously unattainable with the i850. The new socket is necessary because Intel is apparently planning with extremely high clock rates and a whole series of extra pins have been attached to the CPU to improve stability. According to Intel, further information should follow soon!