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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RE[3]: RISC versus CISC? REALLY?
by bogomipz on Tue 20th Sep 2011 19:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: RISC versus CISC? REALLY?"
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There are also very few true CISC processors left. The complex instructions are programmed in microcode running on a very simple instruction set implemented in hardware. You could almost say that RISC and CISC sort of converge towards each other to a more optimal golden middle, but not quite. There are still differences between the two, such as special purpose vs general purpose registers, address modes, etc.

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