Unlike most areas of the technology business, 64-bit computing has somehow remained immune to the forces of commodity competition. Most 64-bit systems
have historically been tied to proprietary operating systems. Compared with the more widespread x86, these systems only powered a small percentage of
corporate computing shops and were relatively pricey. But with the introduction of its 64-bit Opteron processor line earlier this month, Advanced
Micro Devices set powerful forces in motion.
April 30, 2003