SELLER OF OVERPRICED PRINTER INK HP has asked California Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg to order Oracle to continue developing software for its Itanium servers.
HP and Oracle have been locked in a bitter legal dispute over Oracle's decision to stop supporting Intel's IA-64 architecture used in Itanium processors. Now HP has asked Judge Kleinberg to order Oracle to continue developing software for its Itanium servers until it stops selling them or the contract term expires.
Oracle claims its decision to stop developing for Intel's IA-64 architecture was spurred on by Intel having made it clear that it intended to focus on its x86 Xeon processors. Intel has said that its Xeon processors are being edged into the market presently occupied by its Itanic chips.
HP disputed Oracle's claims of Itanium reaching the end of its life and it emerged that HP had a contract with Intel to support the chip. However, and perhaps most damaging for HP, was a release of emails between Intel and HP that seemed to suggest that Intel had enough of Itanium and that HP was having to all but strong-arm Intel into continuing to produce Itanium processors.
HP claims that it has a contract with Oracle to develop software for the IA-64 architecture, a statement with which Oracle's lawyer Dan Wall disagreed. "We have not one statement by one Oracle employee that yes, we promised to port our future software to HP," said Wall.
HP is seeking to extract damages of up to $4bn from Oracle. Judge Kleinberg said that he will not hand down a ruling before the middle of July. µ
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