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Intel announced last week at its Professional Developer's Conference in Palm Springs, Calif., plans to ship manufacturing samples of its 64-bit Merced processor in mid-1999, with the production version following in mid-2000.
The company also announced that using a PC running the Merced simulator, it successfully booted seven different operating systems, including Microsoft's forthcoming Win64, Sun's Solaris, SCO's UnixWare Monterey, Novell's Modesto, and Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX. Intel also plans to fully support a 64-bit version of Linux.
At the developer's conference, a Microsoft executive said the 64-bit version of Windows, referred to as Win64, is under development for both Intel's IA-64 processor and Compaq's Alpha chip. Win64 for the Intel platform will ship when systems based on the Merced chip are released, and will be compatible with 32-bit Windows applications, according to Oscar Newkerk, technical evangelist in Microsoft's Developer Relations Group, in Redmond, Wash.
Despite a great deal of talk within the industry about the need for next-generation I/O technology to support 1-GHz processing, Merced's chip set -- the 82460GX -- will be PCI-based and run at only 66 MHz, Intel said. But the chip set will be I/O upgradable when Intel's next-generation I/O becomes available in 2002, officials said.