HP clarifies IA-64 confusion

Hewlett-Packard issued a statement this week clarifying its position in relation to the IA-64 roadmap and the Merced processor.

HP claimed a report last week from US publisher CNET muddied an announcement from the company in April which advised some of its customers to bypass the Intel/HP Merced IA-64 chipset.

The company had said that the likely upgrade path for users of its N-Class servers would be a direct hop to McKinley, Intel's second generation IA-64 chips. The company is now reiterating that only N-Class customers should bypass Merced and opt for McKinley, when available, and when an upgrade is actually required.

HP says it is not recommending any of its other customers to leapfrog Merced.

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