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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NASA and old technologies
by Captain Chris on Wed 9th Jul 2003 23:37 UTC

I'm not going to argue that the old Pentium chips that NASA uses in its shuttles are the very best for them, but they purposefully do not use the latest technologies. The reason for this is that before any processor can be trusted to run these systems, they must undergo about two years' worth of rugged testing to see if they will be reliable under such stressful conditions. Just thought I'd throw that in.