Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 21:54 UTC
Intel The Intel Developer Forum is currently in full swing, but it kicked off with a speech by Intel CEO Paul Otellini. Well, there's bad news for those of us who long for a time where lots of different architectures compete with one another, ensuring that technology is moved forward. Otellini's plans for Intel basically come down to one thing: x86 everywhere.
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Their strength and their weakness
by bnolsen on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 04:32 UTC
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Intel's greatest strength is their manufacturing. They sure can make the hell transistors and small ones at that. With x86 as a dominaning platform they've got a good base and they can manufacture it.

Intel's greatest weakness is x86. "x86" processors don't actually run x86 instructions, they translate them into a different instruction set that the cpu actually runs. This extra space requires a crapload of transistors and die space. That means an x86 core compared with an arm core has to have way more transistors to do the same amount of work the arm core does.

So to compete outside their market (the embedded space), their manufacturing technology has to kick ass over their competitor's manufacturing to the extent that they are able to both overcome the issue with extra transistors and even beat their competition to overcome current inertia.

So the question is: how far behind are all the other non x86 manufacturers compared with intel ?

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