The manufacturer told vendors that it is getting rid of the “Itanium 2” brand and will be replacing it with “Itanium” beginning March 2, 2008. “In order to comply with our new branding strategy, [Itanium 2 parts] will undergo a part mark change. The part will no longer be marked with Intel Itanium 2 but will now be marked Intel Itanium,” the company wrote in a recently published product change notification.
The Itanium 2 brand was introduced with the 180 nm McKinley core in July 2002, about one year after the debut of the original Itanium, which was code-named Merced. The branding change affects the entire current 90 nm (Montvale) Itanium 2 family, which includes eleven dual core versions (model 9015 to 9150M) as well as two single-core versions (9010, 9110N).