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CNET News.com: HP says skip the Merced chip, wait for new version

Aug 19, 1999, 16:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Although Intel steadfastly maintains that its Merced chip will be more than just a test bed, Hewlett-Packard, co-designer of the chip, recommends that customers bypass it and wait for the next one.

The release date and performance of Merced has prompted many observers to say that the chip, the first "IA-64" processor, would be merely a test drive for the advanced architecture. HP's decision... is the first time that an insider and main proponent of the chip has recommending skipping it."

"Now, HP's own PA-RISC 8500 chip and upcoming 8600 are fast enough that HP recommends that customers simply skip Merced and move on to the second-generation 64-bit chip, dubbed McKinley, said HP's Eric Clow at the HP World conference."

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