“Intel doesn’t eat crow very often. But when customers tell the company things it doesn’t want to hear, it listens,” Dan Gillmor writes for The Mercury News. “At a conference Tuesday in San Francisco, the chip maker’s chief executive, Craig Barrett, said Intel will add 64-bit capabilities to versions of its 32-bit Xeon and Pentium 4 processors. It was a smart bit of backpedaling, and fixes a miscue.”
“Intel let its chief Silicon Valley competitor, Advanced Micro Devices, take a big lead in a key market. Now Intel is sensibly playing catch-up,” Gillmor writes. “And offer special thanks that competition is alive in the chip-making arena. AMD helps keep Intel on its toes, and it’s not the only one to do so… note IBM’s ever-improving PowerPC architecture, which powers Apple Computer’s latest [64-bit] G5 Macintosh line and will be the brains of Microsoft’s next version of the Xbox game player.”
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