Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Mar 2008 23:18 UTC
Intel "Intel announced yesterday that its upcoming low-cost/low-power CPUs code-named Silverthorne and Diamondville will be sold under a single brand once the products launch. The MID-centric product family will hereafter be known as 'Atom'. Consumers are obviously meant to associate the Atom brand with objects of very small size, though Intel "Quark" would have a certain ring to it."
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8086 support till when?
by sakeniwefu on Tue 4th Mar 2008 08:47 UTC
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2008-02-26

Why should current x86_64 CPUs intended for embedded devices support running MS-DOS directly? Or Windows XP 32 for that matter.
Build Long-Mode-Only CPUs and get rid of tons of silicon. They will certainly be much(a bit) easier tho scale down then. In the end, it could even run MS-DOS in BOCHS or QEMU if you are into that sort of thing. It's not like bussinesses will replace their remaining Windows 3.11 "Servers" with an iPod.

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