Intel has quietly released a Pentium 4 Prescott processor equipped with 64-bit instruction-set extensions. IBM has begun shipping a BladeCenter blade server that’s equipped with the undisclosed 64-bit Prescott. The 64-bit version of Prescott was expected to be a desktop chip but now Intel positioned it as a server part for OEMs. Intel wouldn’t enable the feature in Prescott until Microsoft released a 64-bit version of Windows expected for released at first half of next year. Intel spokesman says it is not releasing the 64-bit enabled Prescott as a retail processor. Instead, it is offered as an OEM part intended for use in servers, not desktops.

Intel has quietly released a Pentium 4 Prescott processor equipped with 64-bit instruction-set extensions. IBM has begun shipping a BladeCenter blade server that’s equipped with the undisclosed 64-bit Prescott. The 64-bit version of Prescott was expected to be a desktop chip but now Intel positioned it as a server part for OEMs. Intel wouldn’t enable the feature in Prescott until Microsoft released a 64-bit version of Windows expected for released at first half of next year. Intel spokesman says it is not releasing the 64-bit enabled Prescott as a retail processor. Instead, it is offered as an OEM part intended for use in servers, not desktops.