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Intel Corp. along with HP and a number of server builders announced plans to spend $10 billion in the remainder of the decade to support the growing eco-system for Intel Itanium processors. The move comes a year after HP transferred its Itanium development lab to Intel and vowed to spend $3 billion on Itanium popularization from late 2004 till late 2007.

“Itanium has been taking share from both IBM power and Sun Sparc. We’re on the right trajectory, but we want to go faster,” said Tom Kilroy, general manager of Intel’s digital enterprise group, at a press conference.

The $10 billion investment will include Intel’s work on research and development, improvements of the server platforms by appropriate makers, development of programs as well as compilers for the Itanium architecture as well as marketing.

The funding will be provided by founders of the Itanium Solutions alliance, which are Bull, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, Hitachi, HP, Intel, NEC, SGI and Unisys. It is unclear how much each company is going to invest.

The Itanium processors were designed to outperform all the other server chips, including x86, Power and Sparc. However, the new architecture faced numerous delays and performance-vise was not impressive from the start. But while Dell and IBM ceased making Itanium-based machines, 70 of the Fortune 100 corporations utilizing or planning Itanium solutions deployments, Intel says.

A global organization, the Itanium Solutions Alliance was founded in September, 2005 with a mission to accelerate Itanium solution deployments. The Alliance offers a suite of developer enabling programs including Developer Days, a Solutions Center Network and the recently launched Itanium Solutions Catalog, the first public listing of software applications available on Itanium platforms.

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As a practical matter I dont see Itanium killing off x86 ever. X86 has bad parts to it, but x86-64 has done alot to stream line x86. It has also remvoed alot of the lagacy bits and requierments, added the registers, and over all made it siginificantly better than it was.

Itanium has its own negatives as well, not the least of which is its complexity. I dont see replacing x86-64 with Itanium as improving the situation any.

If you want to replace x86-64, then youll have to do it with an architecture that is significantly better, with little to no drawback, and have it run x86 rather well in order to allow some kind of transition. Again, I just dont see Itanium even comming close to these requierments.

Indirectly, if there was to be some kind of new architecture to replace x86, it sure would be nice to have it as somekind of open standard that other chip companies can use. If Itanium were to replace x86, it sure would cut out all the competition in the market, including AMD, unless Intel licesed it to them, or was forced to by anti monopoly law.
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The weird thing is that RISC doesnt seem to be the magic bullet either hehe. I mean I suppose it does all come down to the implementation in the micro architecture. Even still, some RISC processors have decoders in the pipeline. An example being the G5, which incidentally has turned out to be quite the power hog, and not the dramatic speed demon that it was initially thought to be.

If x86 is so horrible, it shouldnt be able to compete with the other far "superior", and yet it does. It is still very competative in performace, and power consumption.

Im not saying x86 is awsome, but I am saying that its not as bad as some seem to think it is. Besides no worthy replacement has come along yet.

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