Hewlett-Packard is easing out of its partnership with Intel in the design of the Itanium processor and details of the breakup are scheduled to be spelled out in greater detail soon.
Earlier this month, Intel said it would hire HP's Intel Itanium processor team based in Fort Collins, Colo. in a deal that calls for Itanium processor design to be carried out by Intel. At the same time, HP said it would invest more than $3 billion on its Itanium 2-based Integrity servers.
Various published reports Tuesday said Intel intends to spell out details of the new Itanium design arrangement this Thursday. Several attempts to reach Intel for comment were unsuccessful.
Asked to analyze the latest development, Terry Shannon, consultant and publisher of Shannon Knows High Performance Computing, said: "This is not the death of the Itanium. Other vendors were leery of the Itanium because of the tight relationship between HP and Intel. That's no longer an issue."
Shannon said a few hundred long-time HP employees from the Fort Collins operations have already received their Intel badges. "These were good HP people," he said. "They now belong to Intel."