Itanium gets $10 billion commitment
A group of Itanium backers, including Intel, HP, Unisys, Silicon Graphics, NEC, Fujitsu, and Hitachi, have pledged to spend $10 billion to increase the processor's adoption over the next five years. The money will be spent on R&D, marketing, and helping developers take advantage of Itanium hardware. In related news, Intel recently revealed that it will drop 32-bit emulation hardware from future Itanium processors, including upcoming dual-core Montecito chips. 32-bit apps will still be supported through software emulation.