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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David Cutler's statements regarding AMD64
by encia on Tue 15th Jul 2003 09:06 UTC

>Stingerman, I just ask that you stop and think about what
>you are saying before you say it. Do you really think AMD
>would go ahead with a 64-bit desktop chip without getting
>Microsoft onboard from the get-go? Statements like that
>really hurt the credibility of the arguments you are
>making.
To add to your position;

Click to
http://www.amd.com/us-en/Weblets/0,,7832_8366_7823_8718^7839,00.htm...

Statements was given by David Cutler** (Senior Engineer of Microsoft, the father of Windows NT).

"Over the last ten years, the applications we've put on PCs have grown. They've grown in size and computational demands. And 32-bits of address space just isn't enough anymore. The size of databases has grown to the point where we just can't get the performance out of the 32-bit address space that we need to get to continue to support these applications. Over the past few years, we've added a few features to extend the life of the 32-bit system, but it's not enough, and we need to move to 64-bits to continue to support these large databases and high-end desktop applications. Over the past couple of years, I've been working with AMD on their next-generation K8 processor. What's really exciting about the K8 is that it has both 32-bit and 64-bit capabilities. Furthermore, the 64-bit systems will be able to run the existing 32-bit applications so that will protect customer's investments in software and hardware. Currently, we have the 32-bit Windows XP and Windows 2000 server systems running on the K8 for silicon, which has proven to be very stable. We also have a developmental 64-bit version of Windows XP and Windows.net server running on this very same hardware system. I'm really excited about this chip." - David Cutler of Microsoft.

@stingerman

There's my proof in regards to Microsoft's plans for 64bit desktop market. A video file tells a billion words.