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Intel vs AMD: Different Strategies

AMD vs Intel US retail desktop sales

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09/09/amd_vs_intel_retail

Intel and AMD are the giants of the processor industry. Together, they account for 98.8% of the market of x86 processors. The two companies, however, have long held vastly different views on the practicality of 64-bit computing.

AMD has long believed that the mainstream computing industry is on the cusp of a 64 bit revolution, and since the release of the first Athlon 64 in September 2003, AMD has been committed to future-proofing their processors to support this technology. Intel, on the other hand, has been very slow in adopting 64 bit computing in a standard desktop environment.