A California superior court finds for Hewlett-Packard in the ongoing litigation with Oracle relating to the Intel Itanium platform.
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.
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.
HP wants the court to require Oracle to continue to produce software that supports the Intel server processor
As the processor underpinning Hewlett-Packard's Integrity line, Itanium remains an important component that can't be easily replaced.
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.
At San Francisco conference, chipmaker is offering a peek at the processor code-named Poulson, whose improvements include better power management.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker acknowledges that Oracle's decision earlier this year is scaring away customers.
Unisys may have written Itanium's epitaph--at least for many server vendors.