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HP doubles up Itanium server processors

In June, Hewlett-Packard begins shipping its mx2 technology, code-named Hondo, which lets two Itanium processors be plugged into a single socket.

In June, Hewlett-Packard will begin shipping its mx2 technology, code-named Hondo, which lets two Itanium processors be plugged into a single socket, the company said Wednesday. Though Intel builds Itanium, HP helped develop its architecture and is the chip's biggest advocate.

The mx2-enhanced Superdome server, with 128 Itanium 2 processors total, will be available in July, HP said. Models that today have four, eight, and 16 processors will be augmented with mx2 in June. HP had hoped to release mx2 in the first quarter of 2004.