Aleksandar Kostovic at Tom’s Hardware reports that as of July 29, Intel has shipped its last batch of Itanium processors to customers and thus ended the era of this processor family. Intel’s Itanium lineup of 64-bit processors was an attempt at making non-x86 designs meant for server and enterprise workloads. The servers are at the heart of HP’s Integrity servers that host OpenVMS installations.
The Itanium chip is a 64-bit processor family based on IA-64 Instruction Set Architecture. In a joint venture with Hewlett-Packard starting in the 1990s, Intel decided to develop a new type of processor that would better suit the modern workloads and implement new ideas in the processor architecture realm.