Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 9th Jul 2003 16:43 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This article started life when I was asked to write a comparison of x86 and PowerPC CPUs for work. We produce PowerPC based systems and are often asked why we use PowerPC CPUs instead of x86 so a comparison is rather useful. While I have had an interest in CPUs for quite some time but I have never explored this issue in any detail so writing the document proved an interesting exercise. I thought my conclusions would be of interest to OSNews readers so I've done more research and written this new, rather more detailed article. This article is concerned with the technical differences between the families not the market differences.
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iGeek agrees
by stingerman on Wed 9th Jul 2003 19:16 UTC

From a March 2003 article, it appears Apple beat even his optimistic forecast.

http://www.igeek.com/articles/Hardware/Processors/x86-64vPPC-64.txt

If you care about 64 bit, we're probably going to see it significantly effecting the Mac market around 2004-2005, and in the PC market around 2008-2009. Not because of technological issues (though there are some of those), but mostly business and market issues. I'm a technology guy, I wish the technology was all there was. (Technology is much more clean and pure than politics and business markets). But if you don't understand business and markets in this industry, then you don't understand jack.

PC advocates will talk about how they had 64 bit first; but ignore that they did it poorly, it doesn't effect much, and will take forever to actually gain momentum. Mac users will likely be seeing any benefits from 64 bit computing, far sooner. In fact, the most likely way that you'll see 64 bit x86 adoption is if it comes from Apple in the form of OS X ported for AMD.

Don't get me wrong; I hope I'm wrong for the PC markets sake. I have no problems with AMD, and I like their x86-64 implementation. It would be great if this summer AMD was ruled the winner and the entire PC market adapted x86-64, and Intel licensed it, and there was no more war or world hunger, and dogs and cats could live together in peace; but I just don't see that happening.