From the Inquirer:
“[Intel] will add EM64T 64-bit support to its existing 5XX Pentium 4s in the second quarter, and to its 3XX Celeron D processor range in the same period.”
Since the roadmaps the Inquirer has seen includes details not included in earlier roadmaps description, this is probably pretty recent.
As we’ve said a number of times in the past, the day Intel enables x86-64 in its Celerons will be the time AMD will enable x86-64 in its Semprons. Otherwise, Intel will be able to beat up AMD in the Best Buys and CompUSAs and Dells of the world with AMD’s stick.
We feel that when push comes to shove, a lot of current socket A people are going to end up opting for a cheap 90nm socket 754 Sempron-based system over more expensive Hammer options.
We say that because we think the cheapest socket 754 Sempron will probably be a lot cheaper than any “real” Athlon 64. If that doesn’t prove to be the case, and socket 754 90nm Winchesters become available, sure, many will buy that instead.
Either way, though, the time to get a socket A-like priced Hammer system is going to be the second quarter.