Next Wednesday, the EC is expected to punish computer chip-maker Intel for stifling competition from smaller rivals.
An Apple Web site has hinted at the launch of Nehalem-based Xserve rack-mount servers.
Intel's Atom microprocessor helped it increase market share against rival AMD last year.
Intel’s Nehalem-based Xeon server chips are a major architectural jump that offers novel ways of improving system performance, analysts said.
Apple took a step ahead of Intel in launching the chip maker’s quad-core Xeon chips with Tuesday’s Mac Pro announcements.
Intel will skip the 45-nanometer process and switch to 32-nm for dual-core desktop and laptop processors.
Intel said it would invest $7 billion to revamp three U.S. plants, as CEO Paul Otellini called on other companies to make similar investments to battle the ongoing recession.
By changing the way processors see data, researchers say they can prolong battery life in mobile computing devices.
Intel plans to close a chip factory in Shanghai as part of its plan to revamp China operations.
Chip-maker Intel is slashing prices, closing plants, and laying off employees after a bad financial quarter.