Intel and HPE to be Itanium Kittson called last honor

Intel the new series of the Itanium. Four years after the publication of the previous model Poulson Intel brings once more four models on the market. It will be the final chapter of a multibillion-dollar failure . End of 2012 Intel had bought yet a major update with the series 9500 under the code name Poulson of the platform with the IA-64 instruction set.

 Intel's Itanium 9500 (code-named Poulson) has more than 3.1 billion transistors. (Image: Intel) Intel’s Itanium 9500 (code-named Poulson) has 3.1 billion transistors. (Image: Intel)

with the now is Intel 9720 and 9750 two four crisp and with the variants 9740 and 9760 two eight-core 64-bit processors with clock speeds of 1.73 up 2.66 GHz before. The smallest Itanium is equipped with 20 MByte cache. Model 9740 is 24 MB and the variants are equipped 9750 and 9760 with each 32 MB cache.

these updates is probably incremental updates and also the features and specifications are reminiscent of the generation of Poulson. But as a to have in writing to PCWorld Intel spokesperson told these models will be the last, that come on the market. In addition, there are still no opinion of Intel.

 Kittson: the Itanium-9700 series is considered to already 2012 Poulson family publishing incremental update. (Image: Intel) Kittson: the Itanium-9700 series is considered to already 2012 Poulson family publishing incremental update. (Image: Intel)

also containing the details of the new components keeps Intel back. The processors include 3.2 billion transistors and are still manufactured in the 32 nanometer process; 16 threads with bus speed supported maximum of 6.4 GT / s QPI. The chip has a TDP of 170 Watts in the large version and has features like hyper-threading, virtualization technology for Direcedd I/O and extended page tables. reported such as AnandTech, should these chips simply be intended to replace the previous CPUs in existing systems.

 Itanium could not respond to the high expectations. (Graphic: Sun Microsoystems with numbers from IDC) the high expectations Itanium could not respond to. (Graphic: Sun Microsoystems with numbers from IDC)

how many users still interested, keep Intel remains under lock and key. The fact is that the two last big IT corporations have kept the rod the Itanium with Intel and HPE. Many providers such as Dell Fujitsu Unisys or red has have already jumped years ago.

Intel launched 2001 with the Itanium, as main objectives were issued. Quickly it turned out that the plans, x 86 on the IA-64 server to replace, were too ambitious. One problem was that the number of available applications was relatively small, and therefore many users prefer existing UNIX investments further used or invested equally in cheap standard server.

also AMD which stormed with an x 86 processor with 64-bit on the market, maybe a part contributed to the failure of the Itaniums. However, the biggest competitor to the high end CPU is called Xeon and comes as the Itanium from Intel .

Xeon had inherited over time of more and more of the unique features of Itaniums . And Intel Xeon processors with more and more features that enable highly available systems.

Itanium HP-UNIX derivative HP should among other things as a basis for the -UX are used. It offered a highly parallel architecture on multiple cores, the Itanium chips RAS features and ECC support. Thus, Intel was aimed at the high end, which at that time dominated by Sun Microsystems and IBM with SPARC and power.

a more platform that should play in this League, was initially welcomed by the market. But the first models is characterised less by higher performance than rather through a solid appetite for electricity. Therefore, it seemed appropriate and economic to do better still some x 86 servers, as much money and at great expense to get the new architecture in the data center for many users.

 the HPE integrity BL890c i4 Server Blade. (Image: HPE) the HPE integrity BL890c i4 Server Blade. (Image: HPE)

2010 Microsoft then announces the end of support for Itanium to . After all, until summer 2018 Windows Server to support even the CPU. 2009 had already red Microsoft has pre-empted the move from . Also at Intel’s commitment to the high end CPU seems to continue to dwindle, and more and more developer resources are shifted to the Xeon, which also slows down the development of the Itanium.

2011 it was Oracle which had taken over now Sun Microsystems and thus obtained is a proprietary server technology into the House finished the support for the Itanium in its products. Oracle saved not with hefty statements, about, that HP and Intel left the customers about the planned road map of the CPU deliberately in the dark . It was followed by a bitter confrontation in court, which ended almost a year ago that HPE compensation were spoken to about $3 billion .

now get the highly available i4-Server of HPE yet another update. Where also HPE already for some years integrity servers offers, the x 86 support . The server assured a starting price of less than $15,000 and HPE users, that these be supported until 2025. Last updated is planned with HP-UX 11i V3 in June of this year.

Intel does not disclose nor

prices for the new CPUs. The models of the legacy cost but between 1350 and 4650 dollars, according to price list from a . Possibly, Intel will apply these price structure for the new model.

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