Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 23:40 UTC
Apple Another Apple-to-switch-Macs-to-ARM post. "Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005." No idea when Apple will make the switch, but they will do it. I'm thinking 5-10 year timeframe.
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zima
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Your reply reminded me about one other curious many-cores project, which uses... ARM:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpiNNaker
http://apt.cs.manchester.ac.uk/projects/SpiNNaker/

And I guess I also meant there that Intel does seem the closest to really productising such architecture; also with their usual top-notch compilers expected. OTOH, they also had sort of failures along the way... (Larabee; too bad it seems to have killed Project Offset game/engine)

Yeah, I forgot about Cell ...but maybe there were good reasons for my omission? ;p
- not that many cores
- not homogeneous
- sort of failure, WRT goals (IIRC, PS3 was supposed to have only a Cell inside - when first performance results showed up, Sony contemplated using two Cells; eventually, they just used relatively classic CPU+GPU architecture)

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