Intel promises 64-bit extensions for Xeon, Prescott

Intel promises 64-bit extensions for Xeon, Prescott

Intel's next generation Xeon processor and future versions of the Prescott Pentium 4 processors will come with 64-bit extensions technology.

The announcement was made by Intel CEO, Craig Barrett, during his keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Barrett demonstrated the technology on a Dell Dimension XPS workstation with the forthcoming Xeon processors.

Attendees were shown a demonstration of 32-bit and 64-bit airplane design applications running on a single system.

Intel joins AMD in releasing a processor with 64-bit extensions technology, which has attracted the interest of major server vendors such as IBM and Sun Microsystems.

Intel's 64-bit extension technology would be software compatible with AMD's 64-bit extension technology, Barrett said.

There would be a few architectural differences that wouldn't affect application compatibility, he said.

The first Intel chip to take advantage of the 64-bit extensions technology will be one code-named Nocona, the next generation of the Xeon DP processors for workstations and low-end servers.

Nocona is scheduled for release in the second quarter.

Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems will support Nocona, said Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer.

Future versions of both the Prescott processor and the Xeon MP processor will also include this technology.

Follow Us

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.


Show Comments