Intel this week embarked on what it claimed was its biggest enterprise launch ever, with a major refresh of its Xeon product range for workstations and servers.
But industry analysts have said the push was more of a marketing exercise against archrival AMD than a major technology breakthrough.
The company this week introduced a dozen new Xeon products for servers and workstations, including processors for two-way servers running at up to 2.8GHz with 512KB of integrated cache.
Also launched this week are the E7505 chipset - formerly code-named "Placer" - for two-way workstations using Intel Xeon processors, and the E7205 chipset - formerly known as "Granite Bay" - for single processor, entry-level workstations based on the Pentium 4 processor.
Intel also claimed that next year would see revenue from Intel-based servers exceeding reduced instruction set computer (Risc)-based server revenue for the first time.
Gartner analyst Adrian O'Connell said: "We will see the Risc-based market decline in 2003 and this is likely to be the year that the market share switches over into Intel's favour, but this is not incredibly unexpected.
"The Intel market is growing and one particular sector of the Risc market that is losing revenue is the AS400, which people forget is still a fair chunk of the market - and there have been increased deployments of Linux on Intel.
"The most interesting thing about this launch is the timing. The new Xeon's clock speed is nothing out of the ordinary.
"One of the issues here is the amount of attention AMD has been getting recently about its Hammer chip. It is worthwhile for Intel to underline their importance," he added.
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