[fpc-devel]Re: Latest status

Sebastian G√ľnther sguenther at gmx.de
Wed Nov 28 01:48:39 CET 2001

Sebastian Kaliszewski wrote:
> Eventual failure of IA64 won't be
> realised earlier than in 2005, so any counteraction wont come earlier than
> in 2007 probably. So it is about 4 years lead for x86-64 before any
> incompatible 64bit extension comes.

There is just one thing I want to add to your excellent explanations:
There are strong indications that Intel's second CPU team is already
working on a solution for the case that x86-64 will succeed. Of course,
Intel won't officially admit this, because this would show that they
don't believe in IA64 any more.

Another thing, regarding Hammer vs. Itanium: The die size of the Hammer
CPUs will be much smaller than those of Intel's CPUs. If AMD will really
decide to start a price war with Intel, chances are good that AMD will
win this fight. Simply because Itanium and its successors will be much
more expensive to produce.

- Sebastian

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