Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 9th Jul 2003 16:43 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This article started life when I was asked to write a comparison of x86 and PowerPC CPUs for work. We produce PowerPC based systems and are often asked why we use PowerPC CPUs instead of x86 so a comparison is rather useful. While I have had an interest in CPUs for quite some time but I have never explored this issue in any detail so writing the document proved an interesting exercise. I thought my conclusions would be of interest to OSNews readers so I've done more research and written this new, rather more detailed article. This article is concerned with the technical differences between the families not the market differences.
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Mission critical..
by GSC on Wed 9th Jul 2003 21:56 UTC

"The x86 can never be designed for a mission critical task. It started as a toy and should remain that way. It has very basic design flaws."

Actually, the space shuttle computers use old x86 technology. We all know how that story ends. Maybe its time they update.

Great article BTW. Thats the kind of stuff I like to read at OSNews. The horrid power consumption of x86 processors is really starting to make more people aware of some of the shortcomings.

Anyone know what the i960 was? Wasn't that an updated processor design?