Microsoft delays Itanium-Xeon Windows software layer

A PLAN TO allow Intel Itanium based systems to work better on running 32-bit software has been delayed until the second half of next year, according to reports. The IA-32 execution layer was supposed to be released for Windows Server 2003 SP1 this year, but now won't be available until the second half of next year, a report on says, citing a Microsoft representative.

The software, IA32-EL, is supposed to speed up the execution of applications on Xeon/Pentium 4 systems. Although the Itanium can do this already, it does so in a manner which could probably best be described as sluggish. The execution layer, announced earlier this year, was seen by many as a partial answer by Intel to AMD's 64-bit processors, which will run 32-bit code natively, without emulation and without such a software layer. But while Microsoft has pushed back its plans to introduce the layer, Linux firms look like they're pushing full steam ahead on the technology.

News source: The Inq

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