Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Sep 2011 16:51 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Intel With the Xeon 7600 line, Intel is finally using the 'R' word: RISC. It's targeting the mission-critical market dominated by Sun SPARC and IBM Power with the new chips, a first. Can the Xeon E7 processor deliver Intel's final blow to the RISC market, which includes its own Itanium?
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RISC dominates where no BC needed
by JLF65 on Mon 19th Sep 2011 18:45 UTC
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x86/x86-64 only dominates the PC market due to the backwards compatibility pressure of the market. In fields where such an issue isn't present, x86/x86-64 is just another processor, and not as good as many other competitors. See phones/tablets/netbooks as an example - x86/x86-64 doesn't hold a candle to ARM. Look at consoles - all three major consoles are PowerPC based. Look at handheld consoles - they are MIPS or ARM.

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