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CNET News.com: Sun, Intel square off over Itanium support

Mar 03, 2000, 21:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Sun Microsystems and Intel are in a high-stakes game of chicken in a debate about which company needs the other more in the e-commerce world."

"Two weeks ago, Intel said it was rapidly winding down efforts to bring Sun's Solaris operating system to Intel's upcoming flagship Itanium chip. Sun, said Intel, wasn't doing enough to encourage software companies to rework their programs for the Solaris on Itanium effort. Intel's shift, however, hurt companies such as Fujitsu, who had committed to these types of computers, Sun alleged."

"This week, Sun reaffirmed its commitment to bring Solaris to Itanium and its successors in the 64-bit family, with or without help from Intel. However, doubts linger on how deep this commitment will go and what the final result will be."

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