Shouldn't the Processor_Architecture=INTELi7? Why AMD64?

Not so much a problem but a confusion. I have an Intel i7 based laptop yet the environmental variable for Processor_Architecture is set to AMD64 --- Why???
Shouldn't it be INTEL64 or INTELI7????
Robert SilverSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
AMD came up with the standard for 64-bit CPUs.  Intel did too but their's was not x86 compatible.  More info here:

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Intel licensed the AMD64 from AMD in return for granting licenses to AMD for x86.
Intel did have the Itanium 64 bit machines but AMD64 became the de facto standard instead.  HP is almost the only computer manufacturer that use Itanium now.
Both the Dave and David covered, the synopsis is as follows, the first intel 64 bit processor ran X86 apps in emulation mode. Itanium was the processor for servers. had a performance impact on older x86 apps. AMD developed their 64bit that natively ran 64 bit and x86  bit processors in both the server and workstation/desktop version of their processors.
Not sure there was a 64bit processor from intel on the itanium
The cost to transition ..... having to purchase an itanium version of the server, workstation.....

So as Dace pointed out, the AMD 64 that included native x86 became the standard.
so MS has three x86 (32 bit) AMD64 (64 bit) and IA64 (Itanium 64 bit Intel)..

I think there was an announcement that HP is reducing their IA64 platform, but in looking for ... saw that they seemingly extending some support through 2020........
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
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