Also this week, Acer America Corp., of San Jose, Calif., rolled out a new family of corporate desktopsthe Veriton 6800that includes a computer powered by the Pentium D chip and running Intels 945G chip set. Veriton 6800-U-S8301 runs on the dual-core chip, and includes 1MB of Level 2 cache on each core. Three other PCs in the family are powered by Intels single-core Pentium 4 chip with Hyper-Threading technology.As Intel and AMD begin making multicore moves, eWEEK Labs takes a close look at the technology. Click here to read what they think of multicore processing. The San Jose company said it will no longer charge a 25 percent premium for dual-core processors and instead charge on a per-socket basis. The move follows the lead of such software makers as Microsoft Corp. and VMware Inc., both of which also support per-socket pricing. "The elimination of premium pricing for dual-core systems underlies our commitment to providing a competitive pricing advantage against other higher priced solutions in the market," Bill Roth, vice president of product marketing for BEA, said in a prepared statement. "In addition, our new restructured pricing emphasizes our support for the Intel roadmap and clearly articulates our leadership position regarding the issue of dual-core pricing, making it easier for customer to focus on innovation vs. budget and integration issues." The licensing issue is an important one for customers looking to take advantage of the performance increases of dual-core processors. The thought of having to pay higher licensing prices could slow the adoption of the technology. Oracle Corp. has caused a stir among some customers by a charging per core with a 25 percent rebate, saying it reflects the performance increases customers can expect when using the processors. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
For its part, software maker BEA announced at IDF that it was making a change regarding licensing of its products on systems running dual-core processors.