Intel is aiming to overtake Risc processors in the server market.
Although 88 per cent of all servers shipped now use Intel processors, in revenue terms the company has less than 50 per cent of the market.
"A lot of Risc processors are in more expensive proprietary systems," said Richard Dracott, marketing director for enterprise platforms at Intel UK.
"Over time we see Intel replacing most of that market with processors like Itanium2, Xeon and forthcoming silicon."
The company this week briefed reporters on its plans for the server market.
By 2004 there will be three Itanium2 processors on the market, running at over 1.5GHz with up to 9MB cache, before the Montecito dual-core processors come online.
Bull, Unisys, NEC and Hewlett Packard are all bringing out 'Big Iron' systems, which use at least 32 processors per system, by the end of the year.
As for the lower end, the shortly to be released Xeon processor family will extend to over 3GHz and a 4MB cache before a new chipset, codenamed Potomac, comes out at the end of 2004.
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