64-Bit CPUs: What You Need to Know

Itanium–you’ve gotta start somewhere”. ExtremeTech will take you from the genesis of IA-64 through the present day of Itanium, to the future: McKinley, Madison, and Deerfield. Then on to Hammer, PowerPC, SPARC, and more.
“It’s Nothing Like a Pentium“: Ten years in development, 325 million transistors and counting. “The Good Stuff: the Instruction Set” 41-bit VLIW instructions are elegant… until they get weird. “But What About x86 Compatibility?” It’s there, sorta. It probably won’t be the most popular feature. Read the first article of a three-part series at ExtremeTech.


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