Intel to ditch 'desktop CPU on server' strategy?
New documents snagged
by HKEPC suggest Intel has reconsidered its plans to put desktop
processors on server platforms. According to the documents, Intel's
upcoming 3000/3010 server chipsets—also known as Mukilteo
2/2p—will launch in August with support for Pentium Extreme
Edition, Pentium D, Pentium 4, and Celeron desktop chips, but not the
Core 2 Duo. Instead, the documents say Intel will launch a new Xeon 3000
processor series in September or late August to complement the Mukilteo 2 chipsets.
This information contrasts older roadmaps seen by HKEPC, which
stated that Mukilteo 2 chipsets would bring Conroe support by the third
quarter of this year. According to HKEPC, Intel is planning to slowly
ditch its strategy of bringing desktop processors to the server space in
the light of Woodcrest's high performance and low price. As such, this
so-called Xeon 3000 series may be introduced to bridge the resulting gap
in the entry-level server segment.