“Sixty-four bit computing won’t be needed on desktop PCs for several more years, according to Pat Gelsinger, chief technology officer at Intel Corp. In a day devoted to the discussion of Intel’s research technologies before the company’s Intel Developer Forum begins here Tuesday, Gelsinger was asked how quickly he envisioned 64-bit computing arriving on the desktop PC,” Mark Hachman reports for eWeek.com.
“‘In terms of the general market need, you don’t need it for several more years,’ Gelsinger said, specifying that he envisioned Intel bringing the technology to market around 2006 or 2007,” Hachman reports. Gelsinger said the advantage of 64-bit computing lies in the processor’s ability to address more than 4GB of memory, the limit for 64-bit machines.”
“Apple Computer Inc. of Cupertino, Calif. in June announced a line of Mac OS X systems based on IBM Corp.’s 64-bit PowerPC 970, dubbed the ‘G5’ by Apple. The systems began shipping in quantity in August,” Hachman reports.
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