Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2005 16:46 UTC, submitted by Nicholas Blachford
Intel "At next week's Intel developer forum, the firm is due to announce a next generation x86 processor core. The current speculation is this new core is going too be based on one of the existing Pentium M cores. I think it's going to be something completely different."
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Can Intel think outside the X86 box?
by shotsman on Thu 18th Aug 2005 18:41 UTC
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Intel have tried once and burnt a lot of HP's money in the process with itanic.
So does tha Apple deal give them a second shot at it?
I don't know but unless Apple have seen real working CPU's already then I don't think Mr Jobs would follow HP and spend their billions on some wild gamble.
It would be refreshing to get rid of the X86 dinosaur once and for all. There are lots of far more elegant CPU architectures in existance that have not been able to compete with the X86 marketing machine.
The inquirer article is worth a read. A someone who has had an interest in CPU arch since intel made the 4004 there are a lot of good points in their crystal ball glazing.
A VLIW with lots of L1 Cache(DEC could do it with the ALPHA 10 years ago INTEL so why can't you?) and realy minimal extra gubbins would acheive their desired bangs per watt figure.
Ok, lets look beyond this and into the future.
I see LOTS and I mean LOTS of accountants saying NO, Never in a million years when companies try to implement a server using one of these beasts. Why? this is due to the per CPU arcane licensing schemes used by many major software vendors. Even if this thing ran like shit off the proverbial shovel, the software licensing could kill it. I'm not going to mention those major software vendors who use such a licensing method buy IMHO, only Oracle come out of it with some credibility with a licensing scheme that considers an LPAR system to be really different beasts and only charge for those LPARS which actually run Oracle. Are you listeneing Mr IBM etc etc
We shall have to wait until the announcement for the reality. All this speculation could be redundant BUT Intel does need to do something about removing theire X86 noose from around their necks or AMD will kick the sh1t out of them for some time to come.

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