Intel catches a little Sun

Sun Microsystems is to begin using Intel processors during the first half of 2007 as part of a strategic alliance formed between the vendors last week.

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By  Administrator Published  February 1, 2007

Under the partnership, Sun will release a range of enterprise servers and workstations based on Intel's Xeon processors, which the chipmaker will design specifically to power Sun's Solaris operating system.

The deal has been viewed as a mini coup for Intel as Sun had previously shunned the vendor's chips in favour of its own Sparc processors and those from AMD.

Analysts said the agreement was a further sign of the growing demand for Intel's latest processors - based on its Core Microarchitecture - and of Sun's push to gain more widespread appeal for its products.

Larry Cao, a semiconductor equity analyst with Morningstar, described the deal as a "major score" for Intel.

As part of this alliance, Intel has signed a Solaris OEM agreement enabling Intel to distribute and support the Solaris OS to its customers.

"We're excited about Intel's long-term Xeon roadmap and the performance we're seeing with Solaris and Sun Java on the Xeon platforms," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO, Sun.

Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel, added: "We're thrilled to be working with Sun to make Solaris on Intel Xeon processors a great solution for our enterprise customers worldwide."

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