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EE Times: AMD eyes 64-bit X86, IBM tries chip multiprocessing to challenge Itanium

Oct 11, 1999, 15:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Lammers)

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"AMD Inc. and IBM Corp. sailed into the Microprocessor Forum here last week with CPU strategies that could put a competitive squeeze on Intel Corp.'s IA-64 Itanium (a.k.a. Merced) processor in 2001 and beyond..."

"Slater predicted that Sledgehammer will be combined with the Linux operating system in computers that could either be high-end desktops or PC servers, perhaps with four-way capabilities."

"For the guys who build big servers, it is hard to pull them away from Intel," he said. "The perfect market is the people who want to buy a high-end desktop and turn it into a server costing maybe $3,000 or less. My guess is that a lot of those people will use Linux [with Sledgehammer]," appealing to both "the anti-Microsoft and anti-Intel sentiment."

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