Intel Recommits to Itanium
Intel Corp. last week put down speculation that the chip maker might abandon its 64-bit Itanium design.Intel Corp. last week put down speculation that the chip maker might abandon its 64-bit Itanium design. Questions about its commitment to the Itanium arose following reports last month that the company was developing an alternative 64-bit chip based on the Pentium architecture. The stories speculated that the alternative was being developed in case Itanium, which has struggled with slow sales since its release last year, falters. At its semiannual developers forum here last week, however, a senior Intel executive denounced such thinking, arguing that the Itaniums unique architecture is best suited for competing against established 64-bit vendors selling RISC-based chips.
"Theres nothing that can replace an Itanium processor when your competition is a true RISC, 64-bit machine. Nothing, nothing, nothing," said Mike Fister, general manager of Intels Enterprise Platforms Group.