A California superior court finds for Hewlett-Packard in the ongoing litigation with Oracle relating to the Intel Itanium platform.
Servers based on Intel's IA-64 processors are losing developers right and left, so HP is hedging its bets with a move toward x86.
It's pushing European antitrust regulators to review the way Oracle decided to cut off support for Intel's Itanium processor.
"HP has secretly contracted with Intel to keep churning out Itaniums so that HP can maintain the appearance that a dead microprocessor is still alive," Oracle says in a recent court filing.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker acknowledges that Oracle's decision earlier this year is scaring away customers.
HP wants the court to require Oracle to continue to produce software that supports the Intel server processor
The software and server company says Intel itself maintains that the server chip family is "nearing the end of its life," though Intel and Hewlett-Packard say Oracle is dead wrong.
At San Francisco conference, chipmaker is offering a peek at the processor code-named Poulson, whose improvements include better power management.
Software maker phases out version of Windows Server that runs on Intel's once-promising 64-bit chip. The current version of SQL Server and upcoming release of Visual Studio will also be the last for Itanium.
As the processor underpinning Hewlett-Packard's Integrity line, Itanium remains an important component that can't be easily replaced.