Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Mar 2006 22:52 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
Intel "On January 26th, 2005, the Itanium Solutions Alliance (Intel, Hewlett-Packard, SGI, NEC, Hitachi, Bull SA, Fujitsu, and Unisys) proudly announced that its members had banded together to invest $10 billion over the next four years to improve Itanium's features and functions and strengthen its market position. This huge investment in this architecture at this time forces us to ask a lot of tough questions about the wisdom of this action... [.pdf]"
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RE[3]: Idea
by stare on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 19:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Idea"
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need to also pull down the price of the processor out of the stratosphere

Itanium 2-1.4GHz Processor 4MB L3 $1200
Opteron 880 2.4Ghz $1400

BTW the Itanium price/performance ratio is one of the industry best. For example look here:

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