Here’s a release I got over email:
Here is an update to the Tukwila Itanium® schedule. As you know, end users choose Itanium-based servers for their most mission-critical environments, where application scalability is paramount. During final system-level testing, we identified an opportunity to further enhance application scalability. As a result, the Tukwila processor will now ship to OEMs in Q1 2010.
In addition to better meeting the needs of our current Itanium customers, this change will allow Tukwila systems a greater opportunity to gain share versus proprietary RISC solutions including SPARC and IBM POWER. Tukwila is tracking to 2X performance versus its predecessor chip. This change is about delivering even further application scalability for mission-critical workloads. IDC recently reported that Itanium continues to be the fastest-growing processor in the RISC/Mainframe market segment.
Illuminata analyst Gordon Haff has some details on the history of Itanium delays (yes, just Itanium delays have a history all their own) and some analysis.