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Can amd kernel be run on arm64 architecture?

I previously assumed that arm64 was only used in mobile devices, however apparently laptops use it too. So my question is if you can run amd64 on arm64 architecture, and is core i3 a amd64 architecture (even the intel website doesn’t say anything, neither does /proc/cpuinfo).


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  • ARM64, also known as ARMv8-A, is the 64-bit version of the advanced risc machine (ARM) architecture primarily designed for smartphones and interconnected devices. AMD64 is the 64-bit extension of the popular x86 architecture which was originally developed by Intel.

  • A Core i3 CPU is **not ARM64**. It is a 64-bit Intel x86 CPU, so it will run an AMD64 Linux kernel without any issue.

    These days, Intel doesn’t even have 32-bit CPUs in its lineup– IIRC the last ones were some models of mobile/tablet Atom (pre-Bay Trail).

    Of course you won’t find the term `AMD64` anywhere in Intel’s website: it’s the name of their primary competitor! They’ll probably use `x86-64`, `Intel 64` or sometimes `x64`.

    In the early 2000’s Intel was pushing an incompatible 64-bit CPU architecture (Itanium) which meant that existing x86 programs won’t run at all on the new CPU. AMD took a different approach, extending the x86 architecture to 64-bits, thus creating AMD64. 😀