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ZDNet UK: Red Hat Eyes 32-Bit Itanium Software

Apr 28, 2003, 14:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Leading Linux seller Red Hat is considering using an Intel technology that improves the ability of the chipmaker's Itanium processor to run older software written for Xeon or Pentium chips.

"The software, called the IA-32 Execution Layer, lets the new 64-bit Itanium processor emulate the two older 32-bit processors' workings. Intel says the technique is faster than the current, little-used approach of sluggish special-purpose circuitry in Itanium, endowing the forthcoming 1.5GHz Itanium 2 6M to run 32-bit software with about the speed of a 1.5GHz Xeon MP.

"'Thirty-two bit support across 64-bit systems is important to Red Hat customers, and we are exploring ways to address this across the various architectures we support,' Brian Stevens, vice president of operating system development, said in a statement on Friday..."

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