Dell Ditches Itanium

Posted by tadelste on Sep 16, 2005 7:37 AM EDT
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Dell is reportedly phasing out servers running Intel’s Itanium processors and switching to Intel’s older Xeon architecture. Dell had earlier been a major backer of Itanium but has decided to focus on chip designs “that have a lot of customer momentum behind them,” said Paul Gottsegen, vice president of worldwide marketing at Dell, according to The Wall Street Journal. Dell’s future servers will rely on the older Xeon architecture, which Intel has been updating to keep up with the 64-bit advances originally touted for the Itanium. But Itanium has not enjoyed the same success in the market as Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) 64-bit Opteron hybrid chips, which are able to run both 64-bit software and software designed for the more traditional 32-bit x86-based Intel architecture.

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