Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by MatzeLoCal
SGI and IRIX German technology website Heise.de reports that SGI will completely abandon its MIPS processor architecture, including its operating system Irix, in favour of Linux-powered Itanium workstations. SGI used MIPS and Irix in its products for almost 20 years, and with this switch to Intel, yet another major (historically speaking, that is) company abandons its architecture for the more common Intel one.
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Itanic is not "common"
by gadster on Wed 6th Sep 2006 21:58 UTC
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Itanic is "common" compared to MIPS?

MIPS is embedded all over the place. in millions of end systems. You've been duped by the billions of marketing dollars spent by Intel and HP, to make you think that Itanic is a ubiquitous chip and is deployed everywhere. The awful truth is that they were just trying to appease shareholders who have seen US $10B in Itanic spending go down the drain.

Ironically, Itanic is the very chip that took SGI down when they latched on to it. Now that IRIX is gone, what do they have left? Linux on Itanic? Why in the world would I want that?

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