03-01-06

What about chips in 2006? Are we gone daytrade on Silicon manufacturers?

Chips Double Up

Consolidation was also big in 2005 in data centers, as companies looked to cut the number of servers they use. In this vein, dual-core processors were a great selling point for AMD-based servers, and Intel quickly followed.

In 2006, we'll see dual and multi-core systems become the norm in both desktop and servers.

More importantly, virtualization and other software will come along that actually shows why there's a benefit of having more than one core to do the processing. And every time PC companies tout the virtues of dual and multi-core, Sun Microsystems will be right there to cheer them on and tout its own new eight-core UltraSparc T1 servers.

While IT departments have been tapping virtualization to make better use of servers, desktops will start to benefit as well in the coming year.

"Pretty soon it will become as easy to have multiple operating systems on your desktop as it is to have multiple applications without a performance penalty," said Margaret Lewis, senior software strategist at AMD.

Look for enterprise desktops to start including a standard set of virtual partitions for such things as legacy applications, personal files and apps, as well as virus protection that screens the system from infecting other users on the network.


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