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AMD, Intel Duel Over Dual-Cores

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Dell will introduce a line of servers using the Intel dual-core Xeon, while AMD has increased the speed of its dual-core line.

While the biggest processor company in the world, Intel, battles in the courtroom with distant rival AMD over antitrust accusations, both companies found some time to return to more productive pursuits.

Intel will see several Dell models debut containing its Xeon dual-core processors. Four Dell PowerEdge servers and two Precision workstation models will ship with Xeon on board, the computer company said in a statement.

Those Dell models reportedly will be the first Xeon systems to hit the market. All of them will be available in October. Also, Intel plans to make its mobile Centrino platform a dual-core processor system in 2006.

AMD has upped the speed for its dual-core Opteron processors, with the top end going from 2.4 Ghz to 2.6 Ghz. InformationWeek noted that Sun and its new Galaxy servers will be equipped with Opteron dual-core processors. HP and IBM will likely use those dual-core Opterons in forthcoming products.

BusinessWeek cited demand from Sun and HP as bolstering demand for AMD’s overall market share of processors for servers. Intel holds 88.8 percent of that market, but AMD touched double digits with 11.2 percent in the last quarter, over its normal 6 to 7 percent average.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

AMD, Intel Duel Over Dual-Cores
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