HP Offers Customers Path Away From Maligned Chip

Published on November 23, 2011
by Ben Worthen and Don Clark

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday offered help to customers who want to shift away from systems that use a microprocessor called Itanium. But HP insists it is not dumping the chip, nor reacting to a nasty dispute with Oracle over the technology.

The vast majority of servers — including those from H-P — use the chips sold by Intel and AMD that are based on a technology called x86. But HP, which jointly developed Itanium with Intel in the 1990s, continues to use that chip for three lines of large systems used for heavy-duty computing jobs.

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