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[4]: x86
by zima on Thu 15th Nov 2012 06:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: x86"
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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 [...]
Sparcs were better too

Early to mid-90s ...but IIRC P6 largely bridged the gap. BTW, K7 was designed also by people who came from Alpha team, it uses the EV6 bus of Alphas (there were some plans for Alphas on Slot A, IIRC - too bad they didn't come to fruition, it could be interesting)

MIPS is used in plenty of routers and such.

Generally, WRT x86 versus ARM - curious that the former started as something meant really for the embedded market, the latter as a desktop processor for Acorn Archimedes ...but they both came to dominate the "other" market.

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