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To add, the PowerPC 64bit chip, PowerPC 970, was never adopted by Apple or other hardware designers using the PPC technology, and was only sampled by IBM in 2003, so AMD was ahead of this chip as well in an actual application and implementation of a 64bit chip. And to quote directly from IBM's tech site :-

"The PowerPC 970 is actually not the first 64-bit PowerPC architecture; Motorola announced the PowerPC 620 in 1998 as one of the first PowerPC implementations. However, the core required over four years to commercialize, and was an “instant flop”, Halfhill said."


Andrew Brown

On 28/07/2013 02:41 PM, Andrew Brown wrote:
Hi James

Correct in the mainframe / large server arena of the two systems you mentioned, but between AMD and Intel (desktop / local server) of which the majority of users know, AMD was the first, and the Itanium was factually only in 2004, as I stated with AMD in 2003. You can Google it for factualness, from AMD/Intel archives, techblogs, Wikipedia etc. Intel had the concept for 64bit, IA64, as far back as 1999, but did not get to market with it before AMD.


Andrew Brown

On 28/07/2013 02:23 PM, James Knott wrote:
James Knott wrote:
Actually, I believe both the PowerPC and DEC Alpha were earlier.

I think the Intel Itanium also predated the AMD.

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