A report qouted senior Intel executive Paul Otellini as saying the firm would not produce a 64-bit backward processor compatible with 32-bit code.
Paul Otellini, speaking at a meeting in New York earlier today, said Intel's future was firmly in the Itanium camp and he confirmed earlier INQUIRER reports that Madison is slated for next year and will include 3MB and 6MB caches.
It is already testing Madison, according to the report on news.com.
Intel said at its spring Developer Forum earlier this year that there was no possibility of it dumping the Itanium 64-bit processor, which has been ten years in the making.
Last year we exclusively reported here that a "skunkworks" in Beaverton was working on a processor that could, like AMD's future Clawhammer and Opteron families, run existing 32-bit code.
Again, as reported here first, Intel will introduce its Itanium II (McKinley) chip in July, and will attempt to garner enterprise software support from the likes of Oracle and SAP for its launch.
News source: The Inquirer