Database maker says chip is “nearing the end of its life;” sets off war of words with HP, Intel.
Company sharpens Itanium offerings with new blades.
Last week’s debut of the Intel Xeon 7500 (aka Nehalem EX) has stirred up renewed speculation about the future of Intel’s other 64-bit server chip, the Itanium. Intel launched the EX silicon with much fanfare on March 30, positioning it as a mainstream x86 processor for the mission-critical enterprise space. That raises the question: Where does Nehalem EX leave Itanium?
Second major OS vendor to bail on processor.
Chipmakers converged on San Francisco this week to talk up their newest semiconductor products at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Of particular interest to the HPC crowd are Intel’s Westmere EP and “Tukwila” Itanium 9300, and IBM’s POWER7.
Intel will preview first 32nm Xeon chips on Monday.
New Itanium chip now expected in Q1 2010.