Deciphering Intel's utterances about 64-bit support has become a sport amongst folks watching the scene, but this latest statement from Intel's COO is the strongest hint yet that Intel may bring 64-bit extensions to its Pentium line. Precise wording is important in deconstructing these things, so I'll just lay it out there for you. From the Reuters report:
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Intel Corp. (NasdaqNM:INTC - News) President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini on Wednesday said the world's largest chip maker would likely give its 32-bit microprocessors an upgrade to 64 bits once supporting software becomes available.Now, mix that in with the latest guesstimates about the timetable for Windows XP 64-bit Edition, stir in a grain of salt, and you have the Pentium 5 arriving this fall with AMD-compatible (most likely embraced and extended) 64-bit capabilities.
"You can be fairly confident that when there is software from an application and operating system standpoint that we'll be there," Otellini said, responding to a question about 64-bit technology, in an interview with a Wall Street analyst that was broadcast over the Web.
(Thanks to Perezoso for the tip.)
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