updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon November 14, 2005
Intel has expanded its desktop processor line to include its , which could become a feature of Macs as early as next as next year. The transition to the Intel-based Mac architecture is expected to begin early next year and be completed by the end of 2006. Intel today began offering desktop PC processors with virtualization, a technology that can partition a computer to run multiple different types of software simultaneously, according to eWEEK. The company said it will initially offer virtualization in two Pentium chips and expand it to the rest of its desktop line next year.
"We've got lots of different usage [models in mind] that will help virtualization on the client become very mainstream over the next several years," he said. "We think by 2007 or 2008 this will be a mainstream capability."
Recent patent filings by Apple indicate that the company is already working on offering the ability to run multiple operating systems on an Intel Mac--a technique to allow users to load one operating system as their "primary OS" and then load another operating system as their "secondary OS."