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-Guess"> So far, the market has agreed: AMD64 units doubled during the most recent quarter compared with the fourth quarter of 2003, the company said. Henri Richard, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for the company, told analysts during the companys first-quarter conference call, "I dont see any constraints on AMD64 for the second half of the year." Click here to read a recent eWEEK interview with AMD CEO Hector Ruiz.When Microsoft rolls out its 64-bit OSes, Lewis said, there could be another spike in AMD64 purchases, in addition to the early adopters and hobbyists who have adopted the 64-bit chips. Professionals are used to beta software, and they will likely upgrade their software to the final release and "keep on moving," Lewis said. But she said home users are unlikely to invest in a 64-bit processor and a 32-bit OS, and then upgrade as soon as the final version comes out. "Its an unrealistic path for people to take," Lewis said. Other hot hardware topics on tap for WinHEC: Microsoft will expand on its concept of Windows Driver Framework, a foundation for next-generation Windows drivers. WDF attempts to eliminate much of the "boilerplate" code that accompanies a driver, providing default options for handling power management, I/O, plug and play, and other functions. More details will likely leak on NGSCB, the code name for the Palladium security architecture underlying Longhorn and, eventually, other connected devices. As they did at last years WinHEC, graphics makers and other peripheral manufacturers are expected to talk about how they will make their devices NGSCB-compliant. Next-generation mobile and tablet PCs. Traditionally, Microsoft has looked to Hewlett-Packard Co. to develop concept PCs using Microsoft technology, which the company has opened up for review and analysis by the technology community. In a session titled "Auxiliary Displays for Mobile PCs," Microsoft is expected to talk about how a PDA or small LCD screen could be used to display the highest-priority information, such as an imminent appointment or urgent e-mail message. A subset of mobile PC technology will be ExpressCard, the PCI Express-based successor to the PC Card or PCMCIA Cards used in todays notebook PCs. Although card makers have shown only a handful of cards, more are expected as the technology, at least, moves toward a summer launch. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at http://windows.eweek.com for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Windows news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
"It would be hard for us to second-guess the partner," said Margaret Lewis, a software strategy manager for AMD. "You know what most hope for is the idea of a complete ecosystem. Thats just not a reality. Hardware is way ahead of the software, and the software needs to have hardware to have a development process."