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PC Magazine: Servers: When I'm 64 (bit); AMD's 64-bit chips to rely on Linux

Dec 29, 2000, 16:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cade Metz)

"Microsoft recently released a preliminary 64-bit version of Windows 2000, and developers are beginning to write applications for it. AMD's chips will not be able to run such software, but the company is producing its own 64-bit platform, choosing to expand the current 32-bit x86 architecture rather than write a new instruction set from scratch. The company says it will debut the x86-64 platform with the as-yet unnamed family of processors sometime in the first half of 2002. Chips in the line will support four- and eight-way multiprocessing."

"Microsoft isn't likely to build an operating system for these chips, so AMD is looking elsewhere -- namely to the Linux community for a 64-bit version of that operating system. Initially, AMD may be at a disadvantage in terms of software support, but the Athlon chips and the Linux operating system should prove less costly than the Itanium paired with Windows 2000, providing 64-bit computing to businesses that otherwise couldn't afford it."

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