Bad news for AMD today. For the past two-three years Sun had been exclusively using AMD Opteron processors in their server computers because of AMD's power and performance advantage over Intel's processors.
But now that Intel's Core architecture rules over AMD's K8 architecture, Sun is going to announce that their servers will now be available with Intel Xeon 'Woodcrest' processors as well. An official announcement is expected to follow later today at a news briefing in San Francisco.
Analysts say that every important server supplier, including Dell and HP, now ships servers with both AMD and Intel processors. For Intel this is one of the biggest wins since Apple decided to use their x86 processors for the Mac computers.
The first Intel-powered Sun servers are expected later this year.
Update on Monday, January 22 2007 @ 20:52: It's now official. Sun executives said the company plans to deliver uni-, dual- and multi-processor based enterprise servers, telecommunication servers and workstations. The first Intel Xeon-based systems that support Solaris, Windows and Linux are expected in the first half of 2007.