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NewsForge: Free Software Can Resurrect 64-bit Dinosaurs

Apr 28, 2005, 19:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"It has been 14 years since the first 64-bit processor--the MIPS R4000--found its way into a workstation. 64-bit workstations once cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, but the introduction of high-performance, low-cost 64-bit CPUs from AMD and Intel has changed the industry's attitude toward workstation design. New architectures are forcing old hardware into obsolescence, but free software can extend those old systems' useful life.

"The first of the recent generation of 64-bit processors debuted when Intel introduced the Itanium (which has since gone out of production) in June 2001..."

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