Intel downplayed its Merced 64bit processor at the Microprocessor Forum in this week and instead emphasised its successor, McKinley, and a new high-performance 32-bit CPU, codenamed Foster.
The Foster chip is based on a new 32-bit processor core and will match the performance of Merced, Intel claims.
At the conference in San Jose, Intel outlined its four year processor roadmap, focussing on the high-end of the market and attempting to shed light on how 32-bit and 64-bit processors will co-exist in the workstation and server markets.
But the chip giant made it clear that its 64-bit chips will not significantly outperform their 32-bit cousins until the second-generation McKinley chip emerges in late 2001.
(For full story, see analysis section).
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