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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Imagine calculating a sinus: One instruction in x86, a whole algorithm in RISC.

Wrong anology. FPU transcendent instructions are very slow. And it isn't supported in 64 bit Windows anyway. You need to code the sinus in RISC way to be fast. And the code footprint here can be worse for x86 because of long SSE instructions encoding and lack of MAD instruction.

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