Intel - Itanium Chips

Stefan Hoffmeister linuxfromscratch.mailinglist at
Sat Jan 6 05:24:14 PST 2001

: On Sat, 6 Jan 2001 13:05:36 -0000, Richard Bennett wrote:

>Ok, so there's a lot of fuss about these new chips that intel are coming up with... but what exactly are the benefits of having double the processing accuracy?

This is a fundamental misunderstanding. The point of going to 64 bit is to
get a data addressing size of 64 bits with - not four measly GB (which
*is* nothing), but that little bit more. There is no problem processing
data in more than 32 bits today (arbitrary precision libraries exist).

You won't find an Itanium CPU on a desktop machine any time soon as they
are too slow and too expensive.

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