Ending a disastrous chip development project, HP today has wrapped up a 10 year partnership with Intel to co-develop the Itanium processor.
Pundits and analysts no doubt will be explain the move as a dramatic one. About a decade ago, HP approached Intel to pull afloat its ailing development project of a next generation high performance processor. Even the chip giant's knowledge and expertise couldn't prevent the project from facing major delays. When the chip was finally launched in 2001, the server market had turned sour, customers ignored the product, analysts had to revise their predictions, Scott McNealy from Sun Microsystems laughed until he droped to the floor.
An Intel engineer once told me – who at that point didn't work on the Itanium anymore - that the only thing keeping Intel from pulling the Itanium off the market were the liability claims the company would have to face from customers. He refused to go on the record. "Talking negatively about Itanium is punishable by death." You might understand that I have to protect the chap's privacy.
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