Intel could adopt 64-bit x86

Will Intel adopt x86-based 64-bit computing? This article over at The Register suggests it could happen midway through next year. Even though adopting x86-64 would give credence to AMD's 64-bit initiative, Intel has at least one very good reason to get with the program:
"While Itanium can execute x86-32 in an emulation mode, the performance is not competitive," Whittington writes. "P4 and Xeon have been portrayed by Intel, until most recently, as the last answers in the x86-32 world and then the customer is forced to Itanium for 64-bit solutions - if they choose to stay with Intel! This is potentially a huge mistake because it opens the Intel customer to other non-86 competitors (IBM, SUN)."
Makes sense to me.
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