updated 01:50 pm EDT, Wed March 23, 2011
Move signals end of product life cycle
Oracle has announced that it has decided to cease development efforts for Intel's Itanium processors. The latter company reportedly informed Oracle that its x86 lineup would remain the primary strategic focus, as the Itanium platform is effectively near the end of its life.
Intel released its last Itanium chips, the 9300 series, just a year ago. The enterprise-level processors offered a significant performance jump from their predecessors, however the company has primarily switched its focus to other chips such as the Xeon lineup.
Other companies to drop Itanium development include Microsoft and RedHat, while HP appears to be following a similar path. Oracle suggests it will continue to provide customer support for existing Itanium deployments.