HP, Oracle target pretrial wins in Itanium case

Bitterness reigns as the tech giants continue to duke it out over support for the microprocessor

The onset of spring has brought about a rebirth of hostilities in the struggle between technology behemoths Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Oracle Corp. The two companies have been battling for the past few years over a number of issues, but yesterday both parties sought pretrial victories in the dispute over whether Oracle can stop supporting the Itanium microprocessor.

In March 2011, Oracle announced it would discontinue Itanium support, claiming Intel Corp., the chip’s manufacturer, said the chip was nearing the end of its life and Intel planned to refocus its efforts on a different microprocessor. HP, however, says Oracle agreed to continue supporting Itanium in an earlier accord over Oracle’s hiring of former HP CEO Mark Hurd, and sued Oracle in California state court.

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