Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 12:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The fabled Amiga X1000 has been spotted in the wild, in the homeliest of places--Station X, a.k.a Bletchley Park. "The AmigaOne X1000 is a custom dual core PowerPC board with plenty of modern ports and I/O interfaces. It runs AmigaOS 4, and is supported by Hyperion, a partner in the project. The most interesting bit, though, is the use of an 500Mhz XCore co-processor, which the X1000's hardware designer describes as a descendant of the transputer - once the great hope of British silicon." With thanks to Jason McGint, 'Richard' and Pascal Papara for submissions.
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The funniest part is that CISC machines (like the i386 and MC68K) have such "complex" instructions in order to make the life of the assembly programmer easier.

Where the predominant wisdom for RISC machines was that the complexity was going to be transferred to the compiler.

Which makes it a hoot to hear the arguments by people who haven't programmed any major piece of code in assembler to croon about how great RISC designs are for bare metal programming. Alas, one thing is for certain in this field... those with the least amount of direct experience (or knowledge) tend to be the ones with the strongest opinions.

Oh, well...

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