Intel Corp. will mark July 2005 as its entry into the dual-core processor server age.
Later this month, the chip maker will begin rolling out the first of four new dual-core server platforms for machines ranging from inexpensive, single-processor boxes for small businesses to multiprocessor Xeon servers and high-end Itanium machines for large businesses.
Based on its new chips capabilities, Intel expects to see a relatively quick transition from single-core processors to dual-core processors in servers using its chips.
The dual-core chips, which contain two-processor cores versus the one present in a single-core chip, offer businesses a significant performance boost for what are likely to be relatively small increases in price.
Intel, which shifted its focus to dual-core chips from high-speed, single-core chips last year, says 15 dual-core or multi-core processor projects are either on the market now or in the works.
"This isnt something were viewing as a one-time, single-product introduction," said Phil Brace, general manager of server and workstation marketing for Intels Server Platforms Group.
"Its the start of a big change in the industry. Were going to use our scale—multiple product over multiple segments—to move the industry. Youre going to see a multitude of multi-core products coming out within the next year and beyond."
The first of the four dual-core platforms will pair the Pentium D with a new chip set, dubbed "Mukilteo," to create single-processor, dual-core servers for small and midsize businesses, Brace said.
Brace declined to say when the machines would appear. However, sources familiar with Intels plans say they will come out July 11.
Following the introduction of Mukilteo servers, Intel will begin rolling out dual-core Xeon DP and Xeon MP processors, code-named Dempsey and Paxville, respectively.
Its Xeon DP chip line was designed for dual-processor systems, while its Xeon MP is aimed at servers with four or more processors.
Dempsey will be part of Bensley, a server platform Intel has said will pair features such as virtualization with a speedier front side bus, PCI-Express for add-in boards, RAID (redundant array of independent disks) along with its I/O Acceleration Technology and Active Management Technology for speeding up input/output and managing hardware. The Paxville chip will have a similar platform.