It Must Be the
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.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 yearthe Itanium 2 9Mand the year after"Montecito." With all that new processor muscle, application vendors can start developing 64-bit programs in earnest. Next page: Tech: Back in Black
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.