Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jan 2010 20:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yet another item on the iPad? Are we serious? Yes, we are, since this one is about something that even geeks who aren't interested in the iPad itself should find intriguing. Steve Jobs said yesterday that the iPad is powered by an Apple A4 processor, but contrary to what many seem to think - it wasn't designed in-house at all.
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RE[2]: ARM
by Kroc on Fri 29th Jan 2010 10:55 UTC in reply to "RE: ARM"
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Not necessarily. Remember Transmeta Crusoe?
An ARM is a RISC chip. x86 is CISC, or more accurately these days (Core architecture) a RISC chip with CISC macros. Somebody could create a hardware x86 translater to convert the CISC commands to the RISC commands. Transmeta did the same thing, but in software, that was why it was slow--but the principle was sound. x86 would not be difficult to emulate, you just have to get over the behemoth that is Intel and give people a reason why they'd want x86 compatibility as a secondary function.

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