A 12 page paper comparing Intel’s Pentium 4 and Xeon processors. Pentium 4 meets the expectations of those heavily dependent on graphics and power needs limited to a single PC; Pentium Xeon specifically addresses the needs of those using workstations and servers. With Pentium 4 and Pentium Xeon, Intel has positioned itself to meet the needs of most PC-based users in today’s market. Includes 2 table and 4 figures. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
The PC industry was at a crossroads in the late 1980s, when it was in a quandary about which way it would proceed. Microsofts DOS was and had
been the industry standard operating system, but it lacked capabilities that specific business applications needed. The emerging alternative was OS/2. Of course the introduction of Windows(r) ended all
debate and struggle between DOS and OS/2, but the matter of divergent interests has persisted. The rise of workstations stressed the viability of the mainframe system, and the notion
of networking PCs enabled businesses to dispense with the mainframe altogether. Nothing has affected the industry as has the advent of the Internet, however. Connectivity issues gained greater
interest in the past, but now the focus is more on performance and reliability. The ecommerce environment requires faultless reliability, for "down time" no longer affects only internal productivity
and convenience. For a growing number of businesses, poor performance or reliability also translates to lost sales, some of which cannot be recovered.
Thus the divergence in the PC industry at the time Intel Corporation introduced the Pentium II Xeon processor in 1998 was reminiscent of the situation that existed when the
quandary centered around choice of operating system. On the one hand, businesses needed a processor better suited to the critical applications for which they used workstations and servers.
On the other, those not constrained by such needs sought to retain the benefits of the Pentium chip on standalone or networked PCs. The result today is the existence
of the Pentium Xeon and the Pentium 4 processors, each of which meets the needs of different classes of users. Pentium 4 Intels