64-Bit Computing Options on the Rise?By Jeffrey Burt | Print
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Enterprises could see their options for 64-bit computing on the x86 architecture grow during the year.Enterprises could see their options for 64-bit computing on the x86 architecture grow during the year.
In an interview with a financial analyst on Wednesday, Paul Otellini, president and chief operating officer at Intel Corp., said the chip-making giant probably will offer 64-bit extensions in its 32-bit processorssuch as Xeon and Pentiumonce operating systems and applications are tuned to such extensions.
That statement came a day after Hewlett-Packard Co. officials, responding to reports that they will soon offer Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Opteron chip in some of its ProLiant servers, said in a statement that while they remain committed to Xeon and Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor, they are keeping their options open.
In an interview, Brookwood said the anticipated announcement next month by Sun Microsystems Inc. of low-end Opteron-based servers and the expectation of a some sort of 64-bit x86 demonstration by Intel at next month's Intel Developer Forum also are feeding into the intensifying talk surrouding 64-bit computing. Sun announced an alliance with AMD in November in which the Santa Clara, Calif., systems maker will use Opterons in servers. IBM also has released an Opteron-based server, the e325.