Does Intel have a 'hammer' up its sleeve?
Intel is pursuing a risky strategy with its 64-bit Itanium processor, as the processor can only process 32-bit code at the speed of a simple Pentium processor. AMD currently has all the trumps in hand with its hammer, as it can also execute this code quickly. Intel is now obviously having doubts about its own strategy.
Although with the Itanium code name 'McKinley' a faster version will soon be available of the current 'Merced' is in the house, the only target group for Intel's 64-bit cars is still the server market. And on this, Intel is currently not in the green with the Itanium in terms of sales figures. Unlike Intel, where other versions of the Pentium 4 are supposed to secure the desktop market, AMD is pursuing a two-pronged strategy with the hammer (name for the Clawhammer and its big brother, the Sledgehammer) - it should be used in both servers and desktop PCs . In the event that this turns out to be a resounding success, according to the latest rumors, a development team at Intel is working on a 64-bit processor, which should, however, be like a hammer, compatible with the 32-bit world. The 'Yamhill' baptized CPU, which Intel would have to license from AMD, should these rumors prove to be true, should also match AMD's x86-64 instruction set. As expected, there is no confirmation for this rumor and like our colleagues from Planet3DNow! speculating, Intel could have circulated these rumors itself in order to lull its own shareholders into security.