Japanese buying Itanic rumour is just that

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THE RECENT “strong rumour” about Japanese consortium (whatever that may mean) “buying” over the Itanium platform from Intel (whatever that may mean) sounds quite interesting – if not intriguing, as it is hot on the heels of the more official announcement recently about a 10 billion dollar Itanium investment fund by a group of vendors……..
But why a Japanese consortium, that is, one in which there is no HP, the co-author of Itanium and the party who sacrificed the most for it, and SGI, the nearly bankrupt Itanium system technology leader?
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