Intel President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini on
Wednesday said the world’s largest chip maker would likely give its 32-bit
microprocessors an upgrade to 64 bits once supporting software becomes
available.

"You can be fairly confident that when there is software from
an application and operating system standpoint that we’ll be there," Otellini
said, responding to a question about 64-bit technology, in an interview with a
Wall Street analyst that was broadcast over the Web. Otellini said regular
computer users were unlikely today to spend thousands of dollars for computer
memory for PCs that can cost as low as $ 699. Eventually, however, as memory
prices drop and software becomes more complex, he said, breaking the 4-gigabyte
memory limit will make sense.

While most personal computers in the market today rely on
32-bit microchips, 64-bit chips provide special advantages for running video
games, producing video, or churning through large amounts of data. Also, 64-bit
computers can accommodate vast amounts of computer memory — opening up far more
powerful applications — whereas 32-bit computers are limited to 4 gigabytes of
memory.

Intel President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini on
Wednesday said the world’s largest chip maker would likely give its 32-bit
microprocessors an upgrade to 64 bits once supporting software becomes
available.

"You can be fairly confident that when there is software from
an application and operating system standpoint that we’ll be there," Otellini
said, responding to a question about 64-bit technology, in an interview with a
Wall Street analyst that was broadcast over the Web. Otellini said regular
computer users were unlikely today to spend thousands of dollars for computer
memory for PCs that can cost as low as $ 699. Eventually, however, as memory
prices drop and software becomes more complex, he said, breaking the 4-gigabyte
memory limit will make sense.

While most personal computers in the market today rely on
32-bit microchips, 64-bit chips provide special advantages for running video
games, producing video, or churning through large amounts of data. Also, 64-bit
computers can accommodate vast amounts of computer memory — opening up far more
powerful applications — whereas 32-bit computers are limited to 4 gigabytes of
memory.