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Intel will spend next week drumming up enthusiasm for its dual-core processing systems at its Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. The company, hot on the heels of AMD, announced it would release a 64-bit Pentium 4 processor for PCs by midyear, ending AMD's sole proprietorship of the 64-bit world, and promised to unveil more details of its dual-core strategy at the forum. AMD this week demonstrated a dual-core Athlon 64 processor for desktops, workstations and servers -- the only x86 architecture dual-core server, it claimed.
IBM Software (DB2) has already come down on the side of per-socket pricing for their software. You can see this in their recent TPC benchmark filings such as:
Done on dual-core Power5.
re. IBM is primarily an Intel shop, with the exception of some high-performance computing systems that use Opteron chips.
What about their Power5 CPU, that Apple uses as well, with great success I might add. Not an Intel or AMD stamp any where to be found.