Intel "kill" of Xeon shakes Indian Community
By jhawk on Oct 30, 2005
Takes a village to raise a CPU...
The Xeon chip was slated with many first.. "Intel's first Multicore" and "the first All-Indian Designed Chip." The cancellation of "Whitefield" brings a strange anti-sucess story of outsourced development.
The Register reports "Intel's cancellation this week of the multicore "Whitefield" processor stands as a more significant miscue that simply excising a chip from a roadmap. Whitfield's disappearance is a blow to India's growing IT endeavors."
Local paper The Times of India commented this week on the situation.
"India's ambitions of emerging (as) a global chip design and development hub has just suffered a big knock," the paper wrote. "Intel has killed its much-hyped Whitefield chip, a multicrore Xeon processor for servers with four or more processors that drew its name from Bangalore's IT hotspot, Whitefield, and which was being developed almost wholly in this city.
"Intel had invested heavily in the project, both in infrastructure and people, drawing in some of the brightest talents. Some 600 people are said to be employed in the core hardware part of the project."
Chip staffers in India currently fear losing their jobs and morale is very low as a result of the Whitefield cancellation. Many of the staffers had only been told that Whitefield would be delayed by six to nine months. They learned of the project's end in the press.
Read more in the Register : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/28/intel_whitefield_india/.