(From The Jakarta Post)
With the launch of Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) Athlon 64 family of processors in September, this year could indeed be the start of a new era in desktop computing.
Previously, Apple Computer had also introduced its latest Power Mac desktops, powered by IBM's state-of-the-art PowerPC G5 processor, in June.
The reason why these new processors are so interesting -- and are considered to be such a breakthrough -- is that they all bear 64-bit computing capabilities. Also, they are deliberately meant for the desktop market segment.
This is unlike any other 64-bit processor before -- such as DEC's Alpha, Hewlet-Packard's PA-RISC, IBM's POWER, and Sun Microsystem's UltraSPARC -- which have actually been around for some time in the computer world, but are usually intended for high-end servers and …