HP Axes Itanium Workstations

Hewlett-Packard Co. is discontinuing its line of Itanium-based workstations, saying demand from its customers is for x86 systems powered by processors with 64-bit extensions.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company is discontinuing its one-way zx2000 and two-way zx6000 workstations, which were introduced in May 2003 and run on Intel Corp.’s Itanium 2 64-bit processors. HP will support the workstations for the next five years, a spokesperson said.

Instead, development efforts will focus on the company’s line of workstations running Intel’s 32-bit Xeon processors, which were upgraded this summer to include the new Nocona chips. Those processors offer 64-bit extensions, which enable them to run 32-bit and 64-bit applications.The spokesperson said the decision would have no impact on HP’s Integrity line of Itanium-based servers.

News source: eWeek

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