Itanium spotted over horizon

Intel quietly announced the imminent arrival of the latest incarnation of its much-blighted Itanium chip.

In a blog post, the company said the latest Tukwila-codenamed Itanium processor, had begun revenue shipments.

"Tukwila more than doubles the performance of its predecessor and adds a range of new scalability, reliability, and virtualisation features," the bog boasted. It's also late.

Intel said the launch of the Itanic is part of a major push it is making into the server processor arena, with several announcements slated for the first half of the year.