I'll help you parse that statement right here. The company is simply saying that commodity hardware like the Xeon x86 line is already making specialized chips unnecessary, and Intel is happy to get rid of them. Separately, Intel VP of datacenter products Kirk Skaugen said, "There’s no workload in the world that Xeon can’t handle." All of this is ostensibly a dig at IBM
Go back in time with me, just a couple of weeks, to when Oracle said it wouldn't support the Itanium anymore. Hewlett-Packard
At the same time, Canaccord Genuity analyst Bobby Burleson sees Advanced Micro Devices
Wouldn't this be an excellent time for Intel to sell off the Itanium product line to its only fan, HP? The resources spent developing that chip could be better spent on Xeons, not to mention putting an end to confusing market messages regarding which high-end chip to buy. Intel is no stranger to producing chips on demand for outside partners, after all.
Will Intel and HP go there? Add the twin high-tech giants to your watchlist and you'll be the first to know.