Intel to Release Kittson, Likely the Last Itanium Chip
Intel has announced that its latest chip in the Itanium line, the Kittson, is now available for purchase. If you’re unaware of the Itanium series of chips, it’s no wonder as they have been exclusive to servers and mainframes ever since their launch in 2001.
The future of the Itanium series is in doubt, and it’s likely the Kittson will be the very last of its line. The processor is simply not profitable enough for Intel as few manufacturers have used it, preferring to use older model CPUs like SPARC or even Intel’s own line of Xeons. The Itaniums simply do not have the power to compete with either of these and it seems Intel will be more than happy to get rid of the minor embarrassment.
The only buyer for the Itanium line has been Hewlett-Packard, who will also be using the Kittson in the HPE Integrity Server coming out later this year. Besides this roll out, the Itanium line will be going into maintenance mode across the board, meaning Intel will still take care of critical issues that arise with the processors, but not create any more new ones or expand on the architecture. In fact, the corporation is even gently pushing current users of the Itanium line to adopt x86-based Xeons, instead, likely in a bid to cut down on maintenance while also boosting their own margins.
For now it seems that it will be Hewlett-Packard carrying the Itanium torch, as the company has pledged support for their servers using it until 2025. This is mostly due to most of the company’s being long-haul clients like government agencies and financial institutions that are often unwilling to jump ship mid-cycle. After that, the Itanium line will be no more, though seeing its history, few are likely to mourn this little chips that couldn’t.
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