Perhaps only by the end of the decade will we see a massive migration of desktop PC computers to 64-bit technology.
In support of this thesis, which means that this is considered the easiest way to increase the performance and efficiency of processors, some testimonials from Intel managers who have confirmed, also in the context of the Intel Developer Forum that is being held these days in California, that their company has no concrete plans to launch 64-bit deskstop processors before 2008 or 2009.
A 64-bit processor, in fact, capable of processing double data blocks compared to what is possible with current 32-bit chips. A machine with a 64-bit processor would also be able to manage up to 4 GB of Ram memory, allowing the writing of much more complex applications than the current ones.
According to Intel, there is currently no need for similar applications, but there are also no economic and technological conditions to build computers with similar specifications.
In addition to this, the software houses also seem reluctant to compile applications compatible with 64-bit processors. Among these, Microsoft itself, after promising it, has yet to release a Windows capable of supporting them.
Recall that, however, companies like AMD but also Apple itself seem to be addressed differently.
The company from Sunnyvale, Intel's biggest competitor in the PC computer market, will launch a 64-bit desktop processor by the end of the year. In turn, Apple could enter this market with the presentation of machines equipped with the IBM PPC 970 which, derived from the Power4, will be a 64-bit processor.
Intel and IBM also made the choice to make their chips compatible with 32-bit instructions as well, which would make the transition easier and smoother.