It Must Be the

By Scot Petersen  |  Posted 2003-12-22 Print this article Print

Chips"> It Must Be the Chips

Intel Corp. reinvigorated its processor business in March with the Centrino technology: a chip, chip set and wireless component for laptops.

But the real story of the year was the rebirth of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which rolled out a 64-bit Opteron in April and persuaded IBM and Sun to jump on the bandwagon.

The move was the latest in what was quickly becoming a processor horse race. AMD released its Opteron chip, for servers and workstations, and its Athlon 64, for desktops and notebooks. Intel released the Itanium 2 6M "Madison," the latest in the companys Itanium processor line. Intel also unfolded an aggressive road map that calls for new Itanium processors next year—the Itanium 2 9M—and the year after—"Montecito." With all that new processor muscle, application vendors can start developing 64-bit programs in earnest.

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