Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jan 2006 23:51 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Recently, there have been a couple of articles on errata making the rounds, the first on Intel, the second on AMD. They both make my head hurt. A lot. No, not the errata, but the explanations, and lack of understanding of some simple concepts. When the first one, Intel, came out, I was teetering on the verge of breaking out the cluestick, but thought the better of it. When the conspiracy theory second article came out, well time to spring into action, two days late as usual."
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by CrLf on Sun 29th Jan 2006 17:53 UTC
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"hence tteh reason why it costs more to purchase a SPARC processor or a POWER one"

You are right, if they were to fix every single bug (i.e. find a bug, start producing new revision) the chips would cost massive amounts of money.

But you are also wrong, a SPARC or a POWER cost more because they are manufactured in smaller quantities. They both have as many bugs as an AMD or Intel processor (one can even argue that AMD and Intel chips get *a lot* more testing since they end up in motherboards and using BIOS software from a wide variety of manufacturers).

The bottom line is... *all* processors have bugs, that's just the way it is.

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