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Monday July 08 2002 @ 10:00AM EDT

64-bit saga part 2: Sun and AMD

IN THE FIRST PART OF THIS SERIES we reviewed last year's massive changes at the performance end of the 64-bit battle, or what happens when a vicious bald beancounter runs a global technology business by killing off its crown jewels.

We saw that IBM, with the current technology edge but often ridiculous POWER4 "list" pricing, and Intel, with still more promises than deliveries on the Itanium front, but a truly aggressive attitude and commitment, still have a lot of battles to fight for the 64-bit performance and market supremacy. Even though one of them says how the two things can "co-exist". One Alpha guy told me that too a few years ago, and we know how that "coexistence" attempt ended...

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