Intel has tossed its hat into our Xeon (now enhanced) naming contest, asking the world at large to refer to the chip as Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T).
"The Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology is a feature that will be included in our forthcoming uni-processor and dual-processor IA32 server and workstation products and enhances these platforms with 64-bit addressability," Intel said.
Congratulations on a stunning entry! EM64T sounds a lot like RU-486 or some other bitter pill. And the 64-bit extension versions of Xeon have been hard for Intel to swallow after rival AMD beat Chipzilla to market with the technology.
Reg readers sent in hundreds of e-mails with their suggestions on what Intel's new chips should be called, and we've been quite busy sorting through all the mail and tallying up points. Rest assured, a winner will be declared in the near future.
For the time being, we'll give you a taste of where the contest is heading. If we had hurried up a bit, Intel might well have used your insights in the naming scheme.
A popular choice for Xeon (now enhanced), er, Xeon EM64T's name has been Prince or the chip formerly known as Xeon.
Matt Collins has another idea.
If there is a Soviet project that looks like Itanium, it has to be the Ekranoplan... for more reasons than bear pointing out... but I like the fact that 'plan' is in the name and it was such a bad one, like Intel's. Might even work as Ikranoplan, too.
Okay the AMD64 copy from Intel needs an Odessy 2001 name, like HAL = IBM,so that would make it the ZiLCh or going the other way the Best Not Extemporise, not very snappy and kind of old fashioned but then the Itanium name didn't do them any favours either - James Noonan
However, an early leader in the contest comes from John Kelly.
OK, now we're talking. Your article stated "In a perfect world, ... we'd like to see some Soviet themes thrown into the naming mix.". However, try as I might, I just can't think of one, so in keeping with the naming style of Opteron and Xeon, may I suggest "STALON".
Any passing resemblance to the name of a historical Soviet leader is of course unintentional, and certainly Intel's omission of any mention of AMD in their documentation and press releases could never be compared to Uncle Joseph's penchant for rewriting history.
And another front-runner comes from Sergio Gelato.
On naming the Xeon64, I'll risk disappointing you and go for the classics rather than 20th-century Eurasia. I'd call it the Icaron, since it seems to have just fallen out of the blue. I had first thought of "Apteron" (wingless), but as the Lin---s case shows you'd better change more than one letter to avoid trouble. Besides, unlike the Itanic, the Icaron probably *will* fly. Not sure how long. And of course the name starts with the right letter.
A lot of the names stemmed from Intel's obvious work mimicking AMD. A popular choice in this vein is Xeopteron - first put forth by Larry McCarthy.
You'll have to wait for the rest of the names, since we don't want to spoil the surprise. We'll take entries through the end of this week.
And just to give you an idea of where creativity and lots of free time can take you, have a look at what Dennis Price came up with.
Xeon (now enhanced) and Nigeria
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everything will die someday. My name is 4ELEVEON a processor in Santa Clara, in the U.S. I have been diagnosed with 32-bit cancer.
It has defiled all forms of 64-bit treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to the experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never
generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have
or make all the money in the world. I believe when AMD gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.
Now that AMD has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. I want AMD to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself
anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of eighteen million dollars $18,000,000,00 that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations. I have set aside 10% for you and for your time. AMD be with you. 4ELEVEON. ®