Intel Closes in on AMD

Intel figured it was about time to show AMD who's really boss in this whole processor tug-of-war, so it decided to make its own dual-core 64-bit processor (AMD brought out its version, the Opteron, in April). Code-named Paxville (I don't even want to ask where that came from), this new XEON processor runs at 2.80 gigahertz and costs about $1,043 in bulk. They're hoping to take back all the business AMD has "stolen" since then, with Dell the lone computermaker not using the Opteron at this time. Let the games begin.

Intel unveils first dual-core Xeon chip [Reuters]