Hewlett-Packard, the leader when it comes to selling more units and generating more revenue than competitors in the x86 server market, likely will introduce new four-processor models with Intel's latest 64-bit Xeon chips on Tuesday.
Pat Gelsinger, one of two senior vice presidents in charge of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, will join a gaggle of executives from IBM, Dell, HP, Microsoft and Unisys at a for a Tuesday announcement in San Francisco. Intel and HP are mum about the details, but new Xeon servers are a strong likelihood.
Intel has two versions of Xeon MP, "Potomac" and "Cranford," for servers with four or more processors. (MP stands for multiprocessor; chips used in such higher-end servers require more high-speed cache memory than the less expensive Xeon DP models designed for dual-processor servers.)
The chips are the first MP models to incorporate 64-bit features, which speed some programs and make it easy to use more than 4GB of memory. Intel is catching up to Advanced Micro Devices with the 64-bit support. Potomac comes with 8MB of cache, the most ever for an x86 processor so far and a major factor in the price of the chip.
HP uses Cranford and Potomac predecessors in its four-processor ProLiant DL580 and eight-processor DL760 models.