Intel's Itanium is hardly sold so far
Intel's planned success with the Itanium server processor has not yet materialized. Intel had set itself the goal of using this processor to deliver the standard chip for servers. According to a current study by IDC, just 500 servers with Itanium processors have been sold in the third quarter since publication.
With test systems it should be up to 2500 servers. The analysts do not expect a good result for the next year either. Only 100,000 copies are to be sold by the end of the year. For comparison, the Pentium Pro and Xeon were sold 500,000 times in the first year. At Intel, however, they are satisfied and hope for Compaq, which will soon begin to equip their servers with Itanium processors. Intel puts the blame on the applications that are not yet tailored to the 64-bit architecture of the Itanium and therefore do not use its features. The heyday of 64-bit processors is only expected in one to two years. Another reason for the poor sales figures is probably the very high price.