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INTEL TO RELEASE DETAILS OF NEW MICROPROCESSOR.

Intel Corp. plans to use the Internet to release new details about the inner workings of its Itanium microprocessor, a departure that indicates how the company hopes to boost the use of the Linux operating system with its chips.

Intel plans to release what it calls the Itanium Processor Microarchitecture Reference, which includes details such as how the chip manages data memory. Technical details have long been closely held by Intel and typically have only been disclosed to a select few partners such as Microsoft Corp. and personal-computer makers - and then only after they sign non-disclosure agreements.

The rise of Linux has prompted Intel to shift course, Linux is called "open-source" software because backers share programming instructions called source code. Linux is used on many server computers that run Web sites, a fast-growing market. Hence, Intel's desire to share information desired by Linux users.

The Itanium, formerly code-named Merced, is due for release in the second half of this year and is Intel's first major new microprocessor design in nearly 15 years. It processes 64 bits of data at a time, twice as much as Intel's current chips. Intel needs the processing power to help push into the mid- to high-end server market, currently dominated by competitors such as Sun Microsystems Inc.
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Date:May 15, 2000
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