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EE Times: 64-bit future for the X86?

Oct 26, 1999, 18:26 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Slater)

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"At the recent Microprocessor Forum, AMD disclosed that it is implementing a 64-bit extension to the X86 instruction set in its next-generation processor, code-named Sledgehammer. This initiative shows how far AMD has come from merely duplicating Intel's X86 designs-and how grand its ambitions are. Can AMD really challenge IA-64 as the next-generation server architecture?"

"AMD faces many challenges. It has successfully established the 3DNow! instruction set extensions, showing that it doesn't have to slavishly follow Intel's instruction set. Establishing a 64-bit instruction set for enterprise-class servers is an entirely different matter, however..."

"Creating a Linux version for X86-64 should be a lot easier, but whether any other versions of Unix support the architecture remains to be seen."

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