The business bundle included Intel Pentium 4 600 series chips, the chip makers 945G chip set, and was available with its AMT. But until they arrive, expect mainstream business desktops to continue shipping with single-core chips, making Intels Pentium 4 600 sequence the mainstream processor for many corporate desktops, Ferron-Jones said."I think well see greater interest in dual-core platforms" this year, said Glenn Jystad, senior manager of desktop product marketing for Gateway Inc., in Irvine, Calif. "But I think itll be incremental. [Intel is] still offering their other CPUs at their historic price points. Intels dual-core processors are still the premium product." Thus, "The interest is going to have to compete for the price. Thats Intels challenge. Its how to convince the market that dual core is worth the money. There is a strong message there, but people have to vote with checkbook," he said. Intels rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which dinged its larger competitor for about a point of market share in the fourth quarter, is also pitching a stable business desktop platform for corporations. Its AMD Commercial Stable Image Platform will cover its dual-core Athlon 64 X2 and single-core Athlon 64 chips as well as its Turion 64 notebook chip in addition to a variety of hardware from its close partners. What happened to Intels fourth quarter? Read more here. Still, despite whats expected to be a fairly long transition to dual-core chips for businesses, PC makers will soon begin rolling out machines that incorporate Intels Pentium D 900 chips. The Pentium D 900 family was designed to fit into current platforms and thus is expected to replace Intels older Pentium D 800s fairly quickly, Ferron-Jones said. Will PCs remain a bargain? Read more here. Lenovo Group Ltd., for one, will incorporate the Pentium D 900 into its ThinkCentre M52 line, shipping desktops that include the chip in February, a company spokesperson said. Gateway will also offer the 900-series dual-core Pentiums. The company is expected to add to the chips to its E-Series 4000 and E-Series 6000 desktop families during the second quarter. Representatives of Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. declined to comment on their respective companies plans. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Despite the arrival of Averill desktops in mid-2006, some businesses might take even longer to make the shift to dual cores, one PC executive said.