AMD is technologically ahead of Intel
If you believe the arguments of some analysts, AMD is technologically advanced by three to four years with the technology of the 'hammer'. According to a report in the newspaper 'High Tech Strategist', AMD has a great advantage with the 'hammer' processors.
The 'Hammer' processors can execute both 32-bit and 64-bit code in hardware. However, the Itanium processors from Intel require an emulator for 32-bit code, which of course limits the performance. Intel sees it completely differently, the AMD 'hammer' is only a competitor for the in-house 32-bit processors XEON and Pentium 4, but not for the 64-bit Itanium. The success of the processors will continue to depend heavily on software support, because if no software accesses the new technologies of the processors, there is usually no great success with the sales figures for the processors. The persistent rumors that Intel still has a trump card up its sleeve in the form of a 64-bit engine are still unconfirmed. So who is really ahead of the game and how it will all develop in the future remains to be seen.