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Devices and circuits [Technology 2000 analysis and forecast]

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In the high-profile electronics industry, a new microprocessor architecture is enough of a rarity to excite great anticipation. In the first year of the third millennium, industry watchers will have plenty to look forward to, as the first batch of high-end computers built with Intel Corp.'s new microprocessor, Itanium (formerly Merced), becomes available. This year could also mark the beginning of the end for microprocessors with clock rates below a gigahertz. Leading the attack will be the Power4 processor chip from IBM Corp. and the Alpha 21364 from Compaq Computer Corp., both slated to run at speeds of 1 GHz and higher

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 1 )