More Intel FUD

September 16, 2003 at 6:41 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Intel CTO: Desktop Isn’t Ready for 64 Bits

Of course that is what Intel would say, considering that their 64-bit Itanium2 chip isn’t exactly in high demand. This is because 1) it cannot run 32-bit programs without a speed penalty and 2) it’s freakin’ expensive.

By the time Intel feels 64-bit is ready, we’ll all be using second-generation chips from AMD (Athlon 64 and Opteron) and IBM (PowerPC 970 aka Apple G5).

If I can run 32-bit on a 64-bit chip without penalty, and the chip is cheaper (as is the case for the G5) or slightly more expensive (AMD), and they are available now — why the hell not?. It’s not like they want us to spend less on our computers.

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