Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Apr 2006 15:00 UTC, submitted by sean batten
Hardware, Embedded Systems "A Chinese company called YellowSheepRiver wants to make affordable budget computing a reality with its new $150 Linux Municator, a highly compact and innovative PC built with inexpensive Chinese hardware components. Although MIT's much touted $100 Linux laptop has yet to transcend its status as vaporware, YellowSheepRiver already has a working product which could potentially be available for purchase within the next three months." It runs on a custom 64 bit processor, derived from the MIPS processor, and as a result won't run Windows.
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RE: MIPS not exciting
by christian on Thu 27th Apr 2006 02:05 UTC in reply to "MIPS not exciting"
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The MIPS architecture is old, tired, and left behind. In 1995 when Byte benchmarked Windows NT on X86, PowerPC, Alpha, and MIPS all running the same applications, MIPS trailed the whole pack.
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And yet, 3 years earlier, MIPS R4000 was humiliating the Pentium x86 of the time, especially in FP.

MIPS fell behind because lack of volume = lack of investment = lack of development.

I can't find a reference to the article, BTW. This article:
http://www.byte.com/art/9503/sec11/art1.htm

Indicates the performance went Alpha > MIPS > x86, but doesn't include any PowerPC machines.

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