Then, in an anti-climactic burst from out of left field, it all hit at once. Someone came up to me and said 'Guess what I just heard a senior Intel executive say'. Talk about months of hard work ruined by a person who happened on the story of the year. That said, you heard it here first yesterday, Prescott has 64-bit functionality in it. Hans DeVries was dead on.
This answer poses 2 more questions. The first is what instruction set do they use? The AMD64 instruction extensions are theirs to use because of licensing agreements with AMD, but we think they would sooner eat the IDF press room food than do that. MS has been long rumored to tell Intel what they can and can not do, and their record in confrontations like this are not one to bet against. Rumor has it that the vole has said that they will only support a single 64-bit extension to IA32, but then months ago they said they would be supporting 5 64-bit architectures in windows. The mystery deepens.
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