Itanic chip not sinking

— 2:58 PM on July 27, 2004

Intel plans to put the Xeon/Itanium family feud to rest in 2007, when the company debuts a unified 64-bit motherboard for processors of either architecture. In the same time frame, Intel plans to bring Itanium prices in line with Xeon, "as measured on a price/performance basis", although the chip giant has also said that its IA64 chips will outperform its EMT64 offerings by a factor of two to one. So despite a number of setbacks in software support (very belated thanks to Perezoso) and lowered expectations for IA64, Intel's attitude toward Itanium is "full speed ahead!"

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