Intel will position its 65nm-based Dual-Core Xeon 5100 sequence (Woodcrest) and Quad-Core Xeon 5300 sequence (Clovertown) series processors as the main force in the 2-way server market in 2007, and will not begin introducing its 45nm-based quad-core (Harpertown) and dual-core (Wolfdale) processors until 2008, according to sources familiar with Intel's plans. Intel has scheduled to continually raise the shipping ratio of Clovertown processors for 2-way servers from 30% in the first quarter 2007, to 70% in fourth quarter. While Woodcrest processors will drop from 60% in first quarter to 30% in fourth quarter, added the sources.
The longer product cycle is expected to help bring a measure of stabilization to the 2-way server market, as it enables manufacturers time to focus on developing product lines based on the two processor series, the sources explained. However, the delay in switching to new processors isn't just a welcome break for server vendors. If AMD is able to launch its planned Rev. H processors within the second half of this year, it could give the company a better position in its server war with Intel, noted the sources.
News source: DigiTimes