Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2006 16:58 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Yesterday, we reported on an article about the demise of the Alpha. That article was the first part in a series about the future of processor design. Today, part II has been published: "In terms of the architecture itself, AMD's Athlon 64 platform, at the stage it is at right now, does not offer that much of a performance advantage, and AMD should not be resting on its laurels. This is because on the desktop, interconnects as such play less of a role. It's on servers and multi-processing systems that you can take advantage of scaling, and that's where interconnects such as HyperTransport have a role. But when you talk about a single-chip desktop system, whether it's one, two or four cores, the efficiency of the chipset still plays a very important role."
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RE: Speculation speculation
by BluenoseJake on Wed 25th Jan 2006 14:12 UTC in reply to "Speculation speculation"
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"If we had some low cost MIPS64 and SPARC desktop product, INTEL would not survive."

That's some crazy talk, Intel makes more than just processors, and nobody who makes SPARC and MIPS processors have near the market share that x86 have. The only reason that AMD has been successful in the last few years is that they sell a x86 compatible processor, that allows people to keep thier current OS and software

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