Oracle: HP pays Intel to keep Itanium alive

HP and Intel have a "secret" deal to keep Itanium alive, Oracle has alleged.The claim, part of an ongoing legal battle between Oracle and HP, was filed on Friday with the Superior Court of the State of California.

HP and Intel have a "secret" deal to keep Itanium alive, Oracle has alleged.

The claim, part of an ongoing legal battle between Oracle and HP, was filed on Friday with the Superior Court of the State of California. It alleges that HP has contracted Intel to make the chip for two more generations.

"Intel's independent business judgement would have killed off Itanium years ago," Oracle wrote in the claim. "But HP has secretly contracted with Intel to keep churning out Itaniums so that HP can maintain the appearance that a dead microprocessor is still alive."

HP pretends Itanium has a future so it can retain customers on the platform, because the chip earns more money for HP than an x86 one, Oracle alleged.

The claim, seen by All Things D, is the latest in a saga that began when Oracle ceased all new software development for the platform in March.

HP hit back by suiing Oracle in June over a breach of contract. The company argued that Oracle was seeking to "force customers to shift from HP's Itanium server hardware to Oracle's own server hardware."

Oracle has held fast to its argument. "The market has never been told that Itanium lives on only because HP is paying Intel to keep it going," the company wrote in the filing. "To the contrary, HP has made countless statements to the marketplace to the effect that Intel's commitment to Itanium is its own, based on Intel's normal calculus of investing in microprocessors that it believes have a future."

When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010 it gained a hardware division, including the Sparc range of processors which directly compete with Itanium.

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