Itanium backers continue to pledge support

By Justin Mann on January 30, 2006, 8:18 PM
Last week we heard about Intel and HP (along with others) getting ready to pour an incredible amount of money into continued Itanium development and promotion. Now, many Itanium-supporting vendors (the Itanium Solutions Alliance) have gotten together behind this fundage and, despite the difficulty of moving Itanium in the past, have committed to helping the chip make it. The actual press release is available as a webcast, and as it turns out the $10 Billion wasn't really all that much of a difference compared to the amount of money already being spent on the Itanium project. It seems their goal has shifted too, with attacks on IBM and Sun instead of the entire server market.

”Of course, it's easier to find flashy wins at HP, which sold $620m worth of Itanium servers in the third quarter, according to Gartner, rather than scrounging through Bull's $15m in sales for a decent customer. Incidentally, no other member of the ISA shipped more than 335 Itanium servers in the third quarter, according to Gartner, while HP shipped 6,200 systems. Does ISA really spell PA-RISC/Alpha replacement?”
Everyone is going dual-core these days, and as the article brings out, dual-core Itanium has already been delayed much further than other flavors of enterprise chips. The uphill battle for Itanium just keeps getting steeper.

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gamingmage said:
Man these guys have their work cut out for them. Hopefully this will help Intel. I think the Itanium has potential it's just that no one has really been focusing a LOT of attention on it. With this alliance this hopefully will change. One other thing...WOW that's a LOT of money to put into a project that had been partly ignored in the past.
nathanskywalker said:
You know, words ending in "ium" are really overused. Seriously, the coolness of "titanium", "uranium", and now "itanium" really wears off after awhile. why not "poptarts"?Excuse me,[quote]The Itanium chip is the last of a rare breed known as "single-core server processors". It was raised in a lush ecosystem funded by HP and Intel and once showed promise as a real marvel in the processor market. In fact, market researcher IDC predicted that a voracious Itanium would eat up all the other 64-bit processors.[/quote]You're going to try to beat all 64-bits? Mabye your own...that's not hard to do ;). Right, go intel, i just don't think so, and if they do, AMD will be right there, who knows, they probably already have itanium beat...ok so i'm exagerrating. if intel works hard, hey, they have the resources, mabye they'll come up with something, but that is on ambitious goal.
fury said:
AMD beat Intel to the market with a feasible, low-cost, high-performance 64-bit processor which had 32-bit compatibility to boot. Intel had to respond with their EM64T P4s and Xeons which, while they are higher cost, are backed by Intel's long-standing reputation and all that good stuff; but since they did that, the Itanium is now doomed to a slow death...They are throwing their money away by trying to force the Itanium into the server market like this. What is it, like 1.5 % of all servers? I don't remember the numbers exactly, but they were miniscule even in comparison to AMD's server market share. The Itanium is good at certain specialized tasks, but is far too expensive and does not have enough hardware and software compatibility to be feasible to the mainstream server market.
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