32 or 64??

Odd iodine at runbox.no
Tue Feb 2 14:34:06 UTC 2010

Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
> Odd wrote:
>> Christopher Chan wrote:
>>> and loath though I am to 
>>> make mention of it, the Itanium was NOT specifically engineered to be 
>>> able to run 32-bit x86 software natively. Neither the Alpha nor the 
>>> Sparc/MIPS? nor PowerPC/PPC.
>> I see I should have taken into account the people whose ability to
>> connect the dots from one post to the next is lacking. Let me spell it out
>> then:
>> "The 64bit architecture we're talking about, AMD64, was engineered
>> specifically to be able to run 32bit x86 software natively."
>> Now, is that clearer? That's what people are talking about in this
>> thread. Not Itanium, Sparc, Alpha, MIPS, PPC, Power, or what have you.
>  >:P
> Lost me chance to do some Itanium bashing. Ah well.

Hehe, go ahead. Intel did mess up by betting all its horses on it.
Though they have made a spectacular comeback, Itanium has
become a niche platform. From benchmarks I've seen, their
latest x86/x64 processors even rival Itanium in performance.


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