Oracle has stopped all new software development for Intel's Itanium microprocessor.
The company will continue to support existing Itanium customers, but has discontinued developing new products, Oracle announced on Tuesday.
Intel management made it clear that... Itanium was nearing the end of its life. – Oracle
"Intel management made it clear that their strategic focus is on their x86 microprocessor and that Itanium was nearing the end of its life," Oracle said in a statement.
Launched in 2001 and intended to replace the x86 architecture in high-performance designs, Itanium has been continuously relegated to smaller and smaller niches. Currently, Intel says the chip is aimed at the largest Unix and mainframe markets.
"Intel is still very much committed to Itanium and our recent Poulson processor investment is a good example of this. We are excited to have both Itanium and Xeon — with a shared common, platform architecture — to offer customers the benefits of open, standards based computing for their mission critical environments," an Intel spokesman told ZDNet UK on Wednesday.