Byline: W. David Gardner, TechWeb News
Intel introduced its low-end entry into the 64-bit processor market Monday with its Xeon-based Nocona processor. The new device will be appearing in end-user workstations from a brace of manufacturers.
While the Intel entry features some unique features, the long-awaited combo 32/64-bit capability is something of a watershed for Intel because it followed rival Advanced Micro Devices , which had introduced its combination 32/64 bit Opteron processor a year ago.
"Intel could have done something that was solidly different," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst of Insight 64 . …