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Two million Intel 64-32 Xeons ship

Itanium used in Airbus A380 project
Thu Feb 10 2005, 11:12
INTEL EXECUTIVE Kirk Skaugen gave a briefing to UK journalists this morning and said the second million 64-32 Xeon processor had shipped.

And although he wouldn't say so directly when asked, he certainly didn't deny Intel has already migrated its dual core technology on all platforms to a 65 nanometre process. He also said Intel's dual core tech was already well fledged across desktops, servers and notebook chips.

Skaugen said that it was highly likely Microsoft would give a fair degree of backing to the Itanium, despite earlier reports that the software vendor had dumped this 64-bit platform.

There were several reasons why Intel said only a year ago that 64-32 bit technology wasn't compelling on the desktop. One was because it was waiting for Microsoft to ship its XP 64 operating system. Other reasons included the cost of DRAM falling. It had introduced 64-32 bit Xeons earlier because there was a compelling reason to do that for servers - many servers use the Linux operating system which has been available for quite some time supporting 64-32 bit chips.

Skaugen also said the Airbus A380 project - at least the UK wing of that project - was using the Itanium to design the superjet.

Dupont, too, is using Intel technology. Dupont is a vast organisation like Intel, so that doesn't necessarily have to cause wire crossing with AMD, which has a close relationship with one wing of the giant.

Intel is now ready to ship 64-32 bit desktop processors as well. Skaugen said that was likely to happen next week. µ

HP and the Airbus


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