The Itanium high-end server processor project has squeezed out another $10bn (£5.9bn) from its main backers towards development and to encourage major software companies to produce programs for it.
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Most of the money, funnelled through the Itanium Solutions Alliance, has been put up by Itanium co-developers Intel and HP, with smaller amounts being handed over by Unisys, Silicon Graphics, NEC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens and Groupe Bull.
The cash will be used over the next four years to back development until 2010.
Itanium, which has so far led to only a small number of commercial server products, is a high-end product aimed against the likes of IBM’s Power PC processor and Sun Microsystems’ Sparc range.
The dual-core Itanium processor, code-named Montecito, has been delayed until mid-2006, having orginally been expected last year.
Software companies Microsoft, Red Hat, Novell, and Oracle, among others, are also members of the Itanium Solutions Alliance.