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 Mar 03, 2005 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* XP Pro 64-bit slated for April

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The word is finally clear - XP Pro 64-bit will hit stores in April 2005.

The long awaited release provides 64-bit support for x86 CPUs sporting either AMD64, AMD's 64-bit extension to the x86 architecture, or Intel's Extended Memory 64 Technology, called EM64T for short. The two are virtually identical, although experts believe that Intel merely copied AMD's implementation, with few exceptions. According to a study published by In-Stat's "Microprocessor Report" nearly a year ago, AMD and Intel's 64-bit implementations are not 100% compatible. Close inspection of the architecture used by both companies shows that Intel, for the most part, followed AMD completely, yet there are still enough differences that some applications may perform differently on the two architectures if they are written to privilege one implementation over the other.
Given some time for patches, I may pick this one up around September. We'll see.
 

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