Intel today announced the availability of IA-32 Execution
Layer (EL) software for systems powered by the Intel® Itanium® 2 processor
running Microsoft Windows* operating systems. The technology provides greater
flexibility for customers by increasing the performance of many 32-bit software
applications and facilitating customer migration to Itanium 2-based platforms
running Windows. IA-32 EL is supported in Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
for 64-Bit Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition for
64-Bit Itanium-based Systems; and Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. The software is
available for download at

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/ipf/default.mspx
. IA-32 EL
is a software package integrated with the operating system. Itanium 2 processors
provide support for 32-bit applications using on-die hardware; however, with
IA-32 EL, support for IA-32 applications will be carried out in software. After
installation, execution of the 32-bit applications is transparently run using
IA-32 EL. At run time, the IA-32 Execution Layer translates the IA-32
application code into native Itanium architecture code and allows it to run as
native code.

Intel Corporation today announced the availability of IA-32
Execution Layer (EL) software for systems powered by the Intel® Itanium® 2
processor running Microsoft Windows* operating systems. The technology provides
greater flexibility for customers by increasing the performance of many 32-bit
software applications and facilitating customer migration to Itanium 2-based
platforms running Windows.

"While CIOs demand the reliability, scalability, world-class performance and
memory addressability features that the Itanium 2 processor offers, some still
wish to run legacy 32-bit applications, and this technology improves that
capability without sacrificing their primary goals," said Mike Fister, Intel
senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Platforms Group. "Though
Itanium architecture-based processors have always supported 32-bit applications,
this new approach enhances the performance and provides greater flexibility for
future updates and scalability."

IA-32 EL is supported in Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-Bit
Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition for 64-Bit
Itanium-based Systems; and Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. The software is available
for download at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/64bit/ipf/default.mspx.

"Microsoft has worked with Intel to make the IA-32 Execution Layer available to
Windows users running Intel Itanium 2 systems," said Bob Muglia, senior vice
president, Windows Server Division, Microsoft Corp. "The EL enhancement will be
of great help to customers who are primarily running 64-bit applications, but
also have a need to run 32-bit supporting software. This enhanced capability
will help customers in their decision to deploy 64-bit Windows for their
end-to-end enterprise computing needs."

IA-32 EL is a software package integrated with the operating system. Itanium 2
processors provide support for 32-bit applications using on-die hardware;
however, with IA-32 EL, support for IA-32 applications will be carried out in
software. After installation, execution of the 32-bit applications is
transparently run using IA-32 EL. At run time, the IA-32 Execution Layer
translates the IA-32 application code into native Itanium architecture code and
allows it to run as native code.

The Intel Itanium 2 processor boasts record-setting performance and the
availability of more than 1,000 applications. In the past year, the mix of
customers buying Itanium architecture-based systems has evolved to enterprise
customers from its historical ranks of high-performance/scientific users.
Currently, 14 of the top 25 Global 500 companies have deployed or are evaluating
the architecture.

The Itanium 2 processor is broadly deployed in commercial enterprise
installations, including Bell Canada, CBS Broadcasting, CFE, ChevronTexaco,
CitiStreet, CNA, CompUSA, Cox Communications, Eckerd Drug, The First American
Company, First Trust, Fortis Health, Fuji Film, ING, Jet Blue Airways, Metro AG,
Raymond James, Sabre Holdings, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Philips-Van Heusen
and Wells Fargo.