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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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bannor99
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2005-09-15

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.



MIPS: no



What kind of arguments are these? Sparc being an open standard would be a big win for consumers as any one could take it to a bigger market - or design an enhanced SPARC chip, if they have the know-how.

And, MIPS? It has been long stated by many engineers that the MIPS is one of the best designed processors ever. I believe it's for that reason it has been the real platform of choice for computer architecture classes.
Of course, all of those courses eventually focus on x86
( and PPC ) due to their ubiquity.

The greatest obstacle any alternative platform that tries to make headway on the desktop faces is to get Ms to port their OSes and apps.

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