Intel's delayed Auburn 3D chip was demonstrated last week at the Siggraph trade show.
The Auburn, or the Intel 740 as it is now known, is aimed at mainstream graphics rather than the high end visualisation market dominated by Silicon Graphics - but Intel has its eyes on new markets, saying that the 740 (around $30 in volume) is only the first in a new family. A full demonstration and samples will be available by November, ready for the larger Comdex trade show.
Intel has been firing on all fronts recently, and chief executive Andy Grove illustrated the breadth of its interests when he addressed the Florida user meeting of SAP, the German software company, yesterday. When it comes to SAP?s R/3 enterprise software suite, Intel claims that the fastest growing market segment is on Intel-based servers running Microsoft NT.
The Orlando forum saw Intel demonstrate an eight-processor multiprocessing Pentium Pro Server to convince users of scalability. Intel is ramping up the low and high end systems, targeting PC users with 300MHz Pentium IIs from the next quarter, and 333MHz Pentium II for mobiles, desktops, workstations and servers by first quarter 1998.
IDC calculates that the vast majority of low end servers have Intel chips already, and higher up the scale, via Unisys, NCR and the like, Intel?s presence is growing rapidly, putting traditional Unix workstation vendors under increasing pressure.
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