Experimental Itanium systems will be available to selected participants in early 2001. Intel says hundreds are due by the second quarter.But how will it do in SPEC?
Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) will begin selling a Itanium-based Precision workstation based on the pilot program beginning in early 2001. The "development" workstations will have a limited configuration, with either single- or dual-Itanium processors and synchronous dynamic RAM.
The first Itanium workstation customers will include content creators, CAD designers, and software developers, Cole predicted.
The Itanium ramp-up is "probably going a little slower than I think Intel would have hoped, but not a lot slower," said Mike Feibus, principal at Mercury Research. "This was never meant to be a million-unit kind of thing."