High-end whitebox builders will have the chance to reignite sales in the second half of the year, according to Intel.
The chipmaker has launched its dual-core Xeon processor 5100 series, formerly codenamed Woodcrest, for servers and workstations.
Intel A/NZ general manager, Philip Cronin, said local builders including Optima, Ipex, ASI and CDM had been given early access to the processors.
He claimed the 5100 series would offer performance boosts of up to 135 per cent while reducing energy expenditure by as much as 40 per cent.
Figures released by the chipmaker indicate that by the end of the year, 70 per cent of desktop and mobile processors sold will be dual-core. It is predicting even greater penetration of 85 per cent in the server market. These figures could reach 90 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively, by the end of 2007.
They include both the released Xeon 5100 server and workstation processors in addition to Intel's forthcoming Core 2 processors, codenamed Conroe, at the desktop level and Meron for laptops.
Conroe desktop processors are expected in late July. Meron notebook processors will follow in August.