Dell snubs Intel over Itanium 2

Intel has enjoyed a fairly cozy relationship with Dell for some time, and Dell still stubbornly resists adding AMD-based systems to its product line. Given that, it seems odd that the number-one PC manufacturer isn't poised to launch any products based on Intel's upcoming Itanium 2. C|Net has the story.
The Round Rock, Texas-based PC manufacturer has no definite plans for Itanium 2 servers and will not be on hand when Intel unveils the chip, said a company representative.

"At this point, we are in a bit of a wait-and-see mode with Itanium 2," the representative said.

Intel claims to have more OEMs backing Itanium 2 than with the original Itanium, but Dell's absence will certainly turn a few heads. Itanium may be too specialized a product for Dell's high-volume approach, which means that AMD's more conventional Hammer processor could work its way into Dell's lineup, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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