Intel will position the dual-core Xeon 7100 Tulsa processors as the main force for the 4-way server market in the first half of this year. In the second half, the company will release its new Tigerton processors.
The rollout of Tigerton in the third quarter will coincide with the final stages of a phase out of Intel's Netburst architecture-based processors, ushering a new era of Core microarchitecture-based processors, noted the sources.
According to Intel's current plans, Xeon MP series CPUs (Potomac and Cranford) will phase out in the first and second quarters of 2007, followed by the Dual-Core Xeon 7000 sequence (Paxville MP) in the third. With the old processors retired, Tulsa will perform as the leading 4-way processor in 2007, noted the sources.
In the first quarter, Tulsa will take up 85% of the production ratio for 4-way server processors, rising to more than 97% in the second, the sources said. However, when Tigerton is released in the third quarter, Tulsa will scale back to take up 85% with Tigerton accounting for the other 15%. In the fourth quarter, Tulsa will be demoted further taking 45% while Tigerton becomes the leading processor with 55%, added the sources.