According to undisclosed sources, Intel should be planning to ship the first 64-bit capable Pentium 4s next August 1st, just about a month after it was set that 64-bit Xeons would be officially launched.

The solution to the conundrum is simple: Intel is enabling 64-bit processing in the Pentium 4 chips it sells into the single-processor workstation market, and they're unlikely to be offered in single, boxed quantities. We understand that the 64-bit P4s will be priced much the same as current desktop-oriented P4s at comparable clock speeds.

Guess what, Intel will have 64-bit CPUs out there before Windows optimized for 64-bit processors arrives, or is it the other way around?