HP & Intel Ended Itanium Partnership

HP and Intel ended their 10-year partnership to co-develop the Itanium chip for server computers, following disappointing sales of the product. HP’s Itanium development team, with several hundred engineers, will be acquired by Intel and remain in Ft. Collins, Colorado. HP will continue to use Itanium chips in its servers and will pledge $ 3 billion over the next three years in developing Itanium as a competitor in the $ 20 billion high-end server market. HP is winding down its other microprocessor architectures and getting out of that business entirely, having settled on using Intel’s Itanium, Xeon, Pentium and Celeron processors, as well as AMD Opteron, Athlon and Sempron chips. With the announcement, HP will focus on developing high-end server systems, and Intel will focus on microprocessor development. Intel has previously acquired Itanium development teams from both HP and Compaq, which later merged with HP.


HP and Intel ended their 10-year partnership to co-develop the Itanium chip for server computers, following disappointing sales of the product. HP’s Itanium development team, with several hundred engineers, will be acquired by Intel and remain in Ft. Collins, Colorado. HP will continue to use Itanium chips in its servers and will pledge $ 3 billion over the next three years in developing Itanium as a competitor in the $ 20 billion high-end server market. HP is winding down its other microprocessor architectures and getting out of that business entirely, having settled on using Intel’s Itanium, Xeon, Pentium and Celeron processors, as well as AMD Opteron, Athlon and Sempron chips. With the announcement, HP will focus on developing high-end server systems, and Intel will focus on microprocessor development. Intel has previously acquired Itanium development teams from both HP and Compaq, which later merged with HP.

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