OEMs Welcome Change in Xeon Schedule

Systems makers are embracing Intel Corp.'s plans to accelerate the delivery of dual-core Xeon processors, saying they will have servers ready to go when the chips are available. Intel, of Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday announced that it was bringing its dual-core Xeons for dual- and multi-processor systems to the market later this year, ahead of the initial timeframe of early 2006. Officials credited the work of Intel engineers for the accelerated timetable.

OEMs said they were pleased with the announcement, saying it will mean getting Intel-based dual-core systems into the hands of their customers more quickly. "IBM anxiously awaits the arrival of Intel's first generation 64-bit Xeon MP, dual-core processors," said Jay Bretzmann, director of IBM's xSeries high-performance division. "X3 Architecture servers were designed from a chip set, power and thermal capacity to support these processors."

News source: eWeek

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