HP is rumored also to be looking at releasing Opteron-based systems later this month. HP spokesman Tim Willeford, speaking from the IDF show, said the company "is continuing to assess options on other technology." He declined to comment further. Neil Hand, director of worldwide product marketing for Dell Inc., said the Round Rock, Texas, company will incorporate the new chips throughout its server and workstation lines over the year. The company has been engineering the systems to prepare for 64-bit extensions, Hand said during an interview from IDF.As far as Opteron is concerned, Hand said Dell has yet to see the broad adoption of the technology that would cause the company to take a look at the chip.
Hand said he expects to see "rapid interest in the adoption [of the 64-bit-enabled systems] in the technical computing areas." Users in that space are running up against the memory limitations of 32-bit computing, but want the price/performance capabilities of Intels Xeon platform. "Were going to drive this capability aggressively into our platform."