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The Register: Merced/Itanium design secrets revealed

May 10, 2000, 17:16 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Thomas)

"In a move as unexpected as Scott McNealy forgetting to brush his teeth or Larry Ellison confessing that he really kinda fancies Bill Gates, Intel is posting full - and we mean full - specs of the forthcoming Itanium aka Merced chip on the web here as of 0800 British Summer Time today."

"The information, until yesterday bearing a red cover and classified as Intel Secret, effectively puts Intel's 64-bit architecture in the public domain and allows anyone with the inclination and ability to develop their own compilers for the new chips."

"The move - which is, we have to admit, only to be applauded - is clearly aimed at encouraging the development and porting of 64-bit applications, but who can doubt that shadowy organisations such as the Linux collective will leap at the chance to assimilate the information to build the ultimate operating system?"

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