> > InformationWeek Daily 10/5/99 > Tue, 5 Oct 1999 01:05:15 -0600 > InformationWeek <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > > - Intel: Itanium It Is, And IBM's On Board > > Intel officials said yesterday they've raised with IBM the possibility of > replacing the chip used to power the company's popular AS/400 server > line with Intel's forthcoming Itanium processor, which until now has been > known by its code-name, Merced. While Intel said that IBM hasn't > committed to using Itanium in the AS/400, it has agreed to transition its > Pentium-based servers onto the processor beginning next year, when the > chip ships. "They're interested, but they haven't made a commitment" on > the AS/400, says Ron Curry, director of marketing for Intel's IA-64 > product group, adding that, "For the Netfinity line, they have." > > Currently, the AS/400 runs on PowerPC chips designed jointly by IBM > and Motorola. Intel, however, claims that the 64-bit Itanium chip, which > features what the company calls Explicitly Parallel Instruction > Computing, will be faster than RISC-based PowerPC chips. IBM officials > weren't immediately available for comment. Along with IBM, other > companies that have committed to Itanium for at least some of their > server offerings include Compaq, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, according to > Intel. > > Intel's comments about IBM were made as the company announced > Itanium as the official moniker of the often-delayed 64-bit chip. > Explaining the choice, an Intel spokesman says, "There's the obvious > association with a very high-tech metal that connotes strength." > Samples of Itanium are shipping to developers and Intel's OEM > partners, the spokesman says. - Paul McDougall > Wouldn't this be a step backwards for the 400. Or would they only be considering it for the very low end? -- Richard Rosenbluth Rose Information Management Co. mailto:email@example.com ------------------------------- +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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