In what will surprise nobody, Intel is finally saying goodbye to its Itanium lineup. AnandTech reports the Itanum 9700 "Kittson" will be discontinued in mid-2021 and that there will be no replacement. The overall impact will be minimal, the only company still shipping servers with Itanium is HP Enterprise.
The current-generation octa and quad-core Itanium 9700-series processors were introduced by Intel in 2017, in the process becoming the final processors based on the IA-64 ISA. Kittson for its part was a clockspeed-enhanced version of the Itanium 9500-series ‘Poulson’ microarchitecture launched in 2012, and featured a 12 instructions per cycle issue width, 4-way Hyper-Threading, and multiple RAS capabilities not found on Xeon processors back then. It goes without saying that the writing has been on the wall for Itanium for a while now, and Intel has been preparing for an orderly wind-down for quite some time.
Itanium is a family of 64-bit processors that got introduced in 2001. The chips use the IA-64 architecture and never became as popular as Intel had hoped.