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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It's not the best but....
by twitterfire on Thu 24th Sep 2009 07:48 UTC
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x86 architecture might not be the best (in fact it isn't), might haven't the best design, and for sure is clumsy, bloated and due to legacy, today's fastest processors must be compatible to the old 8086 manufactured decades ago.

But nobody can do anything. Even Intel tried to replace x86 with much better Itanium arhitecture. Even Microsoft released Windows for Itanium. And that was an obvious failure.

Even if we assume that MS will release a Windows version for -let-s say - ARM, the immense horde of x86 Windows developers will not follow that move and will not compile software for other platforms than x86.

But that might not be so important: even if x86 doesn't have the best design and is a bit bloated, x86 processors are the best in terms of sheer computing power. That's why Apple migrated to x86 and that's why today's supercomputers are manufactured with x86 chips.

And nothing will change in the foreseeable future.

That's a pity because I think Intel has one of the best engineering team in the processor market and a ton of bright design ideas which applied to a smarter architecture would make the chips more faster than old x86.

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