Linked by fran on Tue 22nd Feb 2011 22:34 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes A list of intriguing rumours from the week that was... Firstly: Dell looking to buy AMD. Having one of its best financial years with revenue of $6.49 billion and net profit $471 million, the 'AMD in crisis' reports just won't go away. While news of execs leaving the company, and the almost total rebranding of its processor line-up won't help to quell this, the company sure looks healthy, at least in the short term. Although demand for its products is rising with demand exceeding supply in some cases. I can't help but think this has all to do with the Windows/ARM announcement.
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PPC
by Paradroid on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 10:43 UTC
Paradroid
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2010-01-05

It doesn't sound daft to me that Sony would shelve the PowerPC platform for the PS4. It's end of the road tech and hasn't had the necessary investment from IBM. I guess they will be struggling with what else to use though, historically they didn't seem to like x86 for fear of hacking/homebrew etc - although it's less of an issue now as the PS3 and Wii have lots of homebrew now and neither are x86

On AMD, what do you mean by "I can't help but think this has all to do with the Windows/ARM announcement." Why would Microsoft starting to support ARM make Dell invest in x86?

Edited 2011-02-23 10:46 UTC

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RE: PPC
by sgtarky on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 13:27 UTC in reply to "PPC"
sgtarky Member since:
2006-01-02

I am getting a touch of sometimers...I think in the around 99-2000 dell wouldnt ship a computer with an amd processor that was when the athlon first shipped

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Comment by fran
by fran on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 15:35 UTC
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

An Apple fridge next (I would buy an Apple fridge)?

Real sneaky from the editors putting in (I would buy an Apple fridge) ;-)

And how do you suppose I would order real apples from an apple fridge...The trademark mess..
And what about retailers? How long am I going to wait until my local retailer get's added to the network?
And what about alcohol, would apple prohibit me from ordering it?

Edited 2011-02-23 15:36 UTC

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Paradroid's are not accurate
by Sabon on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 21:13 UTC
Sabon
Member since:
2005-07-06

Paradroid - Other than everything you wrote being wrong, I don't know what else to say.

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RE: Paradroid's are not accurate
by Paradroid on Thu 24th Feb 2011 16:04 UTC in reply to "Paradroid's are not accurate"
Paradroid Member since:
2010-01-05

Probably best if you just said nothing with comments like that. Easiest thing in the world to call someone wrong - would you like to tell us what is right then?

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RE[2]: Paradroid's are not accurate
by fran on Thu 24th Feb 2011 17:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Paradroid's are not accurate"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Paradroid I think you have a point..It's just the presentation:-)

I have nothing bad to say about PPC. The biggest reason i guess why Sony would choose arm is that in five years when the PS4 come's out (5 years confirmed by some posts) you might have mightily ARM processors. (You have quad cores ARM processors run over 2Ghz already) Imagine in five years.
The second reason is that from what I gather it is much more difficult to write games for different class of processors. The next generation of playstation portable (the debut second half of 2011) have a quad core arm processor and these devices generally stay in market for 10 years. So it might be more easily for developers writing games across for one type of cpu architecture.

The third reason is Sony itself can license ARM processors to manufacture it itself or have the option to let multiple ARM licensees like Texas instruments, Marvel ect. tender to produce these. So manufacturing cost might come down a lot.

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Paradroid Member since:
2010-01-05

Hi, yes I think you're right - ARM sounds like a decent possibility for next-gen consoles if it can deliver enough power.

The consoles would run cooler and be quieter, and like you say it would be easier to port games between mobile/tablet platforms and consoles.

I didn't mean to slate the PPC platform, but it is true that it's not remained competitive because of lack of investment, which caused Apple to move on, that in turn made things worse.

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Apple Fridge
by DrillSgt on Fri 25th Feb 2011 19:06 UTC
DrillSgt
Member since:
2005-12-02

An Apple fridge next (I would buy an Apple fridge)?


Can I keep all my Apples in this, or only Macintosh? What about the Red Delicious?

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