Intel heeft bij de ontwikkeling van de Merced al de nodige tegenslagen te verwerken gekregen. Voorlopig blijft het ze niet echt meezitten, want HP (belangrijke Intel kameraad bij de ontwikkeling van de Merced) heeft z'n klanten openlijk aangeraden om de Merced langszij te laten liggen, en te wachten op meneer McKinley (de volgende generatie IA-64 processors):
Although Intel steadfastly maintains that its Merced chip will be more than just a test bed, Hewlett-Packard, co-designer of the chip, recommends that some customers bypass it and wait for the next one.
The release date and performance of Merced has prompted many observers to say that the chip, the first "IA-64" processor, would be merely a test drive for the advanced architecture. HP's point of view, decribed at a conference here, is the first time that an insider and main proponent of the chip has recommending skipping it.
HP still plans to sell servers based on Merced chips, including servers running Unix, Windows, and Linux, said HP's Eric Clow at the HP World conference, and its new N-class servers will be upgradable to use the Merced chip.
But HP's own PA-RISC 8500 chip and upcoming 8600 are fast enough that HP expects that customers buying N-class servers now simply will skip Merced and move on to the second-generation 64-bit chip, dubbed McKinley, Clow said.
"The decision was made to make the natural upgrade to the McKinley," Clow said. "The 8500 and 8600 performance can carry you through to that time."
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