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New Intel and AMD Chips: Higher Performance, Lower Cost
Advances in microprocessor manufacturing have caused Intel and AMD to redouble their fight to wrest market share from each other. Competition is so hot that it is difficult to keep track of all the developments and announcements from these two suppliers. This article reduces the confusion by forecasting near-term product capabilities and examining the features and benefits for IT organizations in the new technologies.(4 pp., 2 figs.)[Executive Summary]
Is 64-Bit Worth the Wait?
After struggling in niche workstation, graphics, and number-crunching segments for the last decade, the 64-bit microprocessor is now starting to gain a foothold in the commodity server hardware scene. While the price/performance curve of the Intel x86 family has served general-purpose computing well over the last decade-plus, the growth in data intensive and CPU intensive applications with large numbers of users is fostering interest in 64-bit outside of its typical domain. Whether 64-bit technology is worth the wait really depends on your needs. This article will help you answer this question and determine your strategy for server technology moving forward. Click here to purchase.
Intel Builds Its Strategy Around Itanium 2 (November 2002)
Intelâs introduction of the Itanium 2 in late spring of 2002 has not shaken up the high-end server marketplace yet. Although the long-term payback from this new technology is still uncertain, one must keep in mind Intelâs success in the PC market. One traditional method for assessing performance is by running benchmarks, and the Itanium 2 has shown some impressive results measured in this manner.
Intel Bets on Diversity
In an attempt to bounce back from lackluster performance over the last three quarters, Intel is evolving away from its processor core business into an Internet and networking company. Many of these capabilities are not being grown internally, but rather are being bought.