Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:24 UTC
AMD "Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation." Woah. Bad news for competition in the x86 space.
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RE[3]: x86
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 14th Nov 2012 15:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: x86"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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I don't know the specific answer to that question. What I do know is that alphas were a generation or two ahead of x86 back in the 90's in terms of performance and they were effectively killed by politics as soon as compaq and HP merged.

Sparcs were better too, but Sun/Oracle have always ben kind of a pain to deal with. But yeah, if Sparcs were doing better than they are now for workstation/desktop class computers I'd feel better.

MIPS? Don't know much about the arch other than its not really around, other than the Chinese processor and in the embedded side everyone seems to be choosing arm over mips.

ARM? I do kind of feel better now that arm is making its way up from the bottom. It will be interesting to see if they can really match x86 on the higher end rather than just being more energy efficient.

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