WSJ.com - Intel Chip Effort Is Hit by H-P Move "Intel Corp.'s struggle to popularize a second microprocessor family took another blow, as partner Hewlett-Packard Co. said it will stop offering desktop workstations based on Intel's Itanium microprocessor.
The Itanium chip, designed with help from H-P in a project kicked off in 1994, originally was billed as a successor to the popular Intel X86 chip technology that began in personal computers and spread to low-end server systems. But the first Itanium chips didn't arrive until 2001, about two years late, and didn't handle customers' existing software as well as expected.
An H-P spokeswoman said the company decided to stop offering Itanium-based workstations because customers prefer the extended 64-bit approach. She said the decision doesn't weaken the company's commitment to Itanium for high-end servers.
Separately, Intel said it has decided not to offer technology that was expected to turn PCs into hubs for managing wireless networks. The communication features were discussed in June as an enhancement to a set of accessory chips, known by the code name Grantsdale that connect its microprocessors to other components in PCs."
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