Intel to cut Itanium 2 range

By Derek Sooman on February 1, 2006, 11:00 AM
Intel is to discontinue the production of eight Itanium 2 processors, as the company believes there is too much demand for higher performance products.

Chips up for extermination include the 1GHz and 1.4GHz dual-processor models, both with 1.5MB of L3 cache, 1.4GHz/3MB DP-oriented Itanic 2, the 1.1GHz/4MB, 1.3GHz/3MB, 1.4GHz/4MB, 1.5GHz/6M and 1.6GHz/3MB models, and three Xeon MP processors are getting the chop too (the 2.2GHz/2MB, 2.7GHz/2MB and 3GHz/4MB models.)

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PanicX said:
Thats kind of a common sense idea. The Itanium is supposed to be for the high performance 64bit server market. Why would you have low end versions of these chips when you have 64bit Xeons to fill that market? Besides, the Itanium needs to compete directly against the Opteron and there's no point in having slow Itanium processors used as possible comparisons against the AMD server lineup.
nathanskywalker said:
So basically intel is going to toss out the low end stuff? But they are still discontinuing some higher end stuff...
mentaljedi said:
They'll replace it of course. Most likely with something better
Need_a_Dell said:
This is a good move on Intel's behalf. It's true, most people that but computers want to have one that will last them for a few years. By purchasing a low end processor, you're already deciding to stay behind the ball. That means that your comp which should be obsolete in 7 days will now be obsolete in 2 instead. This will infact be better for future noob computer buyers. they may spend a few more bucks, but their computers will last them a wee little while longer than if they had gotten the cheapo version.
Vaulden said:
Not too surprising of a move. Get rid of the lower end and/or slower moving items. Divert that money raise production of those that sell better or to increase R&D of new products.
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