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HP drops workstations based on Intel's Itanium chip

Posted: 29 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hewlett-packard? intel? itanium 2 microprocessors?

Citing poor demand in the market, Hewlett-Packard Co. has ceased selling workstations based on Intel Corp.'s 64bit Itanium 2 microprocessors, according to industry reports on Friday (Sept. 24).

HP had been selling two Itanium-based workstations, including the single-processor zx2000 and dual-processor zx6000 workstations.

The decision is a blow for Intel, which has been attempting to push the 64bit processor into the high-end computer space. At the same time, HP had been one of the big backers and co-developers of the Itanium line.

Itanium is a 64bit chip that runs x86-based, 32bit code via emulation mode. Intel recently announced an x86-based, 64bit processor that runs 32bit code in native mode a product that casts a shadow over the Itanium.

- Silicon Strategies

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