Intel and AMD's Dual Duel

@ 2005/04/13
It was a little more than a year ago that Intel (Nasdaq:INTC) followed rival Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) by tuning its Xeon microprocessors for 32- and 64-bit computing. It was a remarkable turnabout for the pioneering chipmaker, which had a reputation for being first to market with the latest microprocessor innovation.

AMD kept the pressure on through much of last year, and it didn't help that Intel shot itself in the foot with product delays and manufacturing flaws. But now the proverbial shoe may be back on Intel's foot. Yesterday brought news of Intel shipping its first dual-core chips to its PC customers. And that was followed quickly by an announcement from Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) that it would be among the first to offer Intel's dual-core chips in its desktop and workstation lines. Conversely, AMD is not expected to roll out its dual-cores till later this month at the earliest.

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