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AMD Recently, AMD spun off its manufacturing business in a partnership with the Abu Dhabi government into Global Foundries. Apparently, Intel isn't very happy about this, and has said in correspondence to AMD that the patent cross-license agreement from 2001 has now been broken by AMD.
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While there are many good architectures they all have limitations:

SPARC: currently only developed by Fujitsu and Sun. While an open standard it hasn't gained much headway.

ARM: ARM has only recently started a push on preformance. While it woul be fine if it offloaded virtually everything to a GPU it isn't suited well for multi aplication work load. this however has improved greatly over the last year and the upcomming products are very promising.

Itanium: I like this chip I do. it's not that hard to code for, and is faily straight forward. downsides is that it is really expensive due to limited quantities and a few other things. the good news is that windows is suported on it and the new Itaniums comming out are smaller faster and cheaper.

Cell: a nightmear to code for, enough said.

PPC: not to hard to code for, loads of linux suport, and freescale has some chips that make great desktop processors.

MIPS: no

x86-64 is good. is it the best archetecture out there? no, but it does what is needed and its a lot better than it used ot be. I don't mind it as the standard and think that this will go away soon as neither side can survive the loss of the other.

Edited 2009-03-16 23:15 UTC

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