SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A top Intel executive said 64-bit technology, which gives computers greater memory capacity and more powerful data crunching abilities, would not become relevant to home PC users until sometime in 2006, later than anticipated by Intel's rival, AMD.
William Siu, the general manager in charge of Intel's desktop computer chips business, made the comments on Wednesday in an interview with Reuters, a day after Intel reversed course and endorsed 64-bit computing for its entire line of business computer chips.
Siu, however, did not say that Intel would necessarily wait until 2006 to introduce the feature into its desktop computer chips. Intel has held that it will offer the feature when it determines that an "ecosystem" of operating systems and software to support the feature has developed.
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