Intel's desktop 64-bit plans wrapped up in *T?

Intel has long-maintained that desktop users don't need more than 32-bits and confined its 64-bit efforts to the high-end Itanium line of server processors. However, by the end of this year, AMD and IBM will both have 64-bit platforms for desktop users, which could make marketing Intel's new desktop chips difficult.

It's long been rumored that Intel had a secret x86-64 project in development just in case it needed a 64-bit desktop platform, and according to this story over at The Inquirer, that project is alive and well. The processor formerly known as "Yamhill" is apparently now being referred to as *T, though whether the secret chip ever sees the light of day remains to be seen. If AMD's Athlon 64 and IBM's PowerPC 970 don't offer a significant performance advantage over Intel's 32-bit desktop offerings and consumers don't buy into the "64-bits is just better" marketing hype, we may never know what *T was, is, and perhaps could have been.

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