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Sun Couldn’t Resist Intel Clovertown Power

Sun Microsystems is expected to resume using Intel’s Xeon processors in its x86 servers. The first servers from the partnership will begin arriving soon–in the first half of 2007–and Sun also will sell Xeon-based workstations. In addition, Intel plans to endorse the x86 version of Sun’s Solaris operating system, elevating it to the mainstream status enjoyed by Windows and Linux. That means the chipmaker will devote engineering resources to validate the software and help with hardware support such as support for chip power management. In addition, Intel will get rights to sell Solaris. Sun is expected to continue to sell servers using AMD’s Opteron and Sun’s own Sparc processors. Intel’s new dual-core Xeon 5100 “Woodcrest” and quad-core Xeon 5300 “Clovertown” processors have restored competitiveness, and Intel has been recovering some market share lost to AMD.

Sun Microsystems is expected to resume using Intel’s Xeon processors in its x86 servers. The first servers from the partnership will begin arriving soon–in the first half of 2007–and Sun also will sell Xeon-based workstations. In addition, Intel plans to endorse the x86 version of Sun’s Solaris operating system, elevating it to the mainstream status enjoyed by Windows and Linux. That means the chipmaker will devote engineering resources to validate the software and help with hardware support such as support for chip power management. In addition, Intel will get rights to sell Solaris. Sun is expected to continue to sell servers using AMD’s Opteron and Sun’s own Sparc processors. Intel’s new dual-core Xeon 5100 “Woodcrest” and quad-core Xeon 5300 “Clovertown” processors have restored competitiveness, and Intel has been recovering some market share lost to AMD.

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