Intel is allowed to manufacture x86-64 compatible CPUs
Now it is official, Intel is entitled through the patent exchange with AMD to manufacture x86-64-compatible processors! Thus, Intel is theoretically able to jump on this train if its own 64-bit processor turns out to be a flop.
In return, AMD is permitted to use SSE2, for example, but AMD cannot manufacture Pentium-4-compatible CPUs due to the processor bus technologies not provided by Intel. But the mere fact that the processor giant Intel could build CPUs compatible with AMD's x86-64 technology leaves enough room for speculation, which has also made the rounds on the web. Intel could develop a suitable processor in order to be prepared for every situation and in the case of a successful Itanium never say a word about it in public and reject the concept. Confirmation that such a project might exist would be given to us at the last minute, if at all, since Intel will of course try to stick to its Itanium architecture for as long as possible. The introduction of the hammer will not only be a hot topic from the performance side!