In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, JF Mezei < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:
And this is a very good thing. Did you read the article?
"IA-32 EL provides much better performance and flexibility for 32-bit
applications on Itanium," spokeswoman Erica Fields said of the choice. "With
Montecito, we took back the silicon area that was being used up by the x86
Paul had fun with that whole view. Read his comments:
Name: Paul DeMone ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM ) 1/19/06
what anyone could see in a Montecito die photo a year
ago. In fairness to CNET even the supposed chip experts
at MDR didn't notice either. :-P
"With the next Itanium chip, Intel has abandoned a feature it once banked on
but that never proved successful, CNET News.com has learned.
Circuitry to let Itanium run software for x86 chips, such as Pentium and Xeon
chips, is not present in the forthcoming "Montecito" processor, according to
the 176-page reference manual for the chip published this week (click for
BTW, CNET idiotic statement of the week:
"The change, which Intel had refused to discuss until now, reflects the
company's diminished Itanium ambitions as a chip just for higher-end servers."
Or it could be because IA32-EL is ~3x faster and dropping
x86 support from Montecito silicon freed up die area for a
1MB L2I that will speed up IA32-EL based x86 performance
even more as well as native IA64 performance.
Get it, the software emulation is about 3x faster, make sense
Hope that helps!