It’s the end of the line for Intel’s Itanium chip, a troubled processor family that spawned many product delays and bad blood between HP and Oracle.Intel on Thursday started shipping its latest Itanium 9700 chip, code-named Kittson, in volume.
It’s the last of the Itanium chips, which first appeared in early 2001.[ Your company’s data and applications will grow, but you can manage infrastructure convergence without losing your grip. | Keep up with the latest approaches to managing information overload and compliance in InfoWorld’s Enterprise Data Explosion Digital Spotlight and Storage newsletter. ]
Beyond Kittson, there will be no more chips coming from the Itanium family, an Intel spokesman said in an email.

That ends a tumultuous, 16-year journey for Itanium, which Intel once envisioned as a replacement for x86 chips in 64-bit PCs and servers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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