Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Apr 2010 18:29 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows Ah, Intel's IA-64 architecture. More commonly known as Itanium, it can probably be seen as a market failure by now. Intel consistently failed to deliver promised updates, and clock speeds have lagged behind. Regular x86-64 processors have already overtaken Itanium, and now Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2008 R2 is the last version of Windows to support the architecture.
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RE: Sad
by toast88 on Mon 5th Apr 2010 21:20 UTC in reply to "Sad"
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It's sad to see IA64 dying. It was intended as a replacement of the old x86 but due to stubbornness and inertia on behalf of software developers and users, it newer make it.

I don't think it was ever supposed to be a replacement for the x86 platform, if it had been, Intel would have been pushing it into the market much harder.

Itanium was mainly introduced to compete with other high-end non-x86 platform like MIPS, Alpha, PA-RISC and so on. Now, that Itanium has pushed all of them out of the market, Intel can abandon Itanium and has a cleaned-up processor market.

Intel has the same attitude towards backwards compatibility like Microsoft. Or how do you explain that even the latest x86 processors (I don't know about amd64 though) still have that much-hated A20 gate.

Adrian

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