Compaq, Dell ship Xeon-powered servers

Compaq, Dell ship Xeon-powered servers

Compaq and Dell are the first OEMs to break the Xeon log jam with their announcements that they are now shipping Xeon- powered servers.

Dell shipped its dual-Xeon PowerEdge 6300 and Compaq shipped its first ProLiant 6000, code-named Javelin, to Microsoft.

While Compaq and Dell may be the first, they will almost certainly be leading a charge.

An Intel representative said the company has been shipping "screened processors" to OEMs for over a week.

Although most server manufacturers announced availability of Xeon servers in late June, a problem in the processor chip set was uncovered, delaying shipments.

The error was in the circuitry that checks Level 2 cache memory, coordinating CPUs accessing the same data in multiprocessor systems.

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