AMD64 and lang/gcc3x on -CURRENT

Haapanen, Tom tomh at
Sun Feb 22 10:00:23 PST 2004

>> However, Intel haven't chosen either of the two names..
>> They've done their own one.  "IA-32e" was mentioned several times
>> at the IDF this week.

David O'Brien:
> My guess is it would wreck havoc with Intel's FUD that AMD64 isn't 
> really 64-bits if Intel also used "64" in the platform's name.  Intel has 
> having to walk a very fine line to keep from damaging other product 
> lines...

Since there is no universal name for the architecture, and Intel essentially
is duplicating the "AMD64" instruction set, it makes sense to continue to
use "amd64", I think.

This is the same logic as "i386" which is called many things now by many
different manufactureres, but still refers to Intel's original name.


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