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ZDNet UK: Itanium pilot programme takes off

Nov 22, 2000, 15:59 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

"Although Itanium is viewed primarily as a chip for servers, companies such as Dell also plan to offer it in workstations. Dell will begin selling a Itanium-based Precision workstation based on the pilot program beginning in early 2001. The "development" workstations will have a limited configuration, with either single or dual-Itanium processors and synchronous dynamic RAM."

"So far, Dell has shipped a handful of prototype Itanium workstations to customers, company officials said, although it has not yet shipped pilot-program workstations. "We're seeding [workstation] customers right now," said Gretchen Cole, marketing director for Dell Precision Workstations. "The first generation of Itanium will be a development platform [for Dell]."

"Dell is qualifying its new workstation for use with several operating systems, including Microsoft's 64-bit version of Windows 2000 and 64-bit versions of the Linux operating system. It will likely come preloaded only with Windows, however."

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