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Check wider costs before moving to dual-core mobile chips, says Gartner

IT directors should evaluate the latest generation of Intel mobile processors, but cost is still an issue, analyst firm Gartner has warned.

Earlier this month Intel launched a host of processors, including Centrinos and faster Core 2 Duo chips for notebook PCs. The processors' dual-core design allows users to run multiple applications simultaneously, Intel said. The chips also offer additional power management features to improve battery life.

Gartner said businesses should seriously consider the processors in their short-term IT plans, but they should also take software licensing costs and application suitability into account.

A report by Gartner managing vice-president Martin Reynolds said the opportunity for lower-cost processor performance was an important consideration for businesses.

"Intel clearly hopes that a strong introduction of processors in 2007 will enable it to recover server and desktop market share from AMD and drive upgrades," he said.

However, Reynolds said firms should examine software licensing agreements closely to ensure that the new processors are price-competitive, and check that the applications being used will benefit from increased processing power.

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