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New Intel and AMD Chips: Higher Performance, Lower Cost
Advances in microprocessor manufacturing have caused Intel and AMD to redouble their fight to wrest market share from each other. Competition is so hot that it is difficult to keep track of all the developments and announcements from these two suppliers. This article reduces the confusion by forecasting near-term product capabilities and examining the features and benefits for IT organizations in the new technologies.(4 pp., 2 figs.)[Executive Summary]
Is 64-Bit Worth the Wait?
After struggling in niche workstation, graphics, and number-crunching segments for the last decade, the 64-bit microprocessor is now starting to gain a foothold in the commodity server hardware scene. While the price/performance curve of the Intel x86 family has served general-purpose computing well over the last decade-plus, the growth in data intensive and CPU intensive applications with large numbers of users is fostering interest in 64-bit outside of its typical domain. Whether 64-bit technology is worth the wait really depends on your needs. This article will help you answer this question and determine your strategy for server technology moving forward. Click here to purchase.
AMD’s Opteron Processor Offers New Value (2Q03)
Advanced Micro Devices recent announcement of its Opteron family of processors offers a new opportunity to organizations wishing to move up to 64-bit computing. Back compatibility with 32-bit applications means that applications do not need to be recompiled before they can be run efficiently on the new processor. Early benchmarks of Opteron processors executing 64-bit code have show speed gains in comparison to Intel Itanium processors in many cases.