The financial community has watched the progress of Intel Corp’s forthcoming 64-bit McKinley processor nervously and was hoping that a paper on the chip to be delivered at last week’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco would ease anxieties. Rather, Intel withdrew the paper, increasing speculation that the McKinley rollout is behind schedule. The processor is central to Intel’s strategy for winning a significant part of the high-end computer market.
A spokeswoman for the company said, “We just decided we didn’t want to divulge a lot about its architecture for competitive reasons,” but there are many skeptics. Though McKinley is scheduled for production in the first half of 2002, its predecessor, the Itanium, has suffered recurrent delays and many wonder if one chip’s problems will not impact the other.
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