Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2018 23:24 UTC

XScale is a microarchitecture for central processing units initially designed by Intel implementing the ARM architecture (version 5) instruction set. XScale comprises several distinct families: IXP, IXC, IOP, PXA and CE (see more below), with some later models designed as SoCs. Intel sold the PXA family to Marvell Technology Group in June 2006. Marvell then extended the brand to include processors with other microarchitectures, like ARM's Cortex.

With the smartphone and tablet revolution dominated by ARM, with Windows and Apple moving to ARM, we can probably say that, with the magical superpower of hindsight, Intel selling its XScale business to Marvell will probably go down as one of the biggest blunders in technology history.

The entire computing world is slowly moving to ARM - first smartphones, then tablets, now laptops, soon surely servers and desktops - leaving Intel (and AMD, for that matter) in a terrible position.

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RE[3]: Comment by Brendan
by Lennie on Wed 4th Apr 2018 11:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Brendan"
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all of the things I hate most about PC compatible systems (specifically ACPI) recycled "as is" for ARM.

I always suspected it's Microsoft that pushed for this:

"Please support the crap we already support"

Microsoft's ARM devices are probably worse - not just "all in one device" but also locked down via. UEFI secure boot to ensure the user can't jailbreak and replace the OS.

I think that's my biggest fear - a world of walled gardens where you can't replace or change anything without contributing to your captor's profits; with everyone chanting "Yay, ARM is more competition" while being herded towards confinement.

- Brendan

Same fears. Gone is the openness we had on the PC.

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