HP is discontinuing its one-way zx2000 and two-way zx6000 workstations, which were introduced in May 2003 and run on Intel’s Itanium 2 64-bit processors. The decision is a blow for Intel, which has been attempting to push the 64-bit processor into the high-end computer space. At the same time, HP had been one the big backers and co-developers of the Itanium line. HP will support the workstations for the next five years. Instead, development efforts will focus on the company’s line of workstations running Intel’s 32-bit Xeon processors, which were upgraded this summer to include the new 32/64-bit Nocona chips.

HP is discontinuing its one-way zx2000 and two-way zx6000 workstations, which were introduced in May 2003 and run on Intel’s Itanium 2 64-bit processors. The decision is a blow for Intel, which has been attempting to push the 64-bit processor into the high-end computer space. At the same time, HP had been one the big backers and co-developers of the Itanium line. HP will support the workstations for the next five years. Instead, development efforts will focus on the company’s line of workstations running Intel’s 32-bit Xeon processors, which were upgraded this summer to include the new 32/64-bit Nocona chips.