Itanium, Intel's big move into the 64-bit world of high-end servers, gets its official launch this week, after several delays. The move brings Intel up against with entrenched competitors like Sun Microsystems, but if it succeeds the rewards could be great -- and could change the way companies approach their IT infrastructure.
NEWS Itanium begins 64bit moveMonday 28th May
Sound the fanfare: Could Intel's long-anticipated Itanium be an IT cost saviour?
Intel set to rattle server market with ItaniumFriday 25th May
Production versions of long-awaited 64-bit chip are set to ship
Microsoft puts 64-bit Windows to the testThursday 24th May
As Intel prepares to launch its 64-bit Itanium chip, Microsoft will announce a high-end version of Windows XP, ready to challenge Unix
First Itanium to have short shelf lifeTuesday 22nd May
Itanium servers for the telco market will be largely symbolic until the arrival of the chip's successor
64-bit Itanium to land this monthFriday 11th May
Finally, Intel's 64-bit chip is going to hit the market, after months of delays
Itanium stays in betaFriday 11th May
The first IA-64 systems are shipping this summer, but they won't get much farther than development labs
COMMENTARY Sun's Sparc fails to shine
The news that Sun's latest UltraSparc III chip has a bug is reminiscent of a similar problem found in Intel's Pentium chips a while back. Perhaps difficulties should be expected -- after all, processors are made up of tens of millions of transistors. Little wonder then that most observers consider the first version of Intel's 64bit Itanium chip to be for evaluation purposes rather than production systems, says Roger Howorth Click for more in-depth coverage at the ZDNet UK News Specials page.