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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Re: stingerman
by Bascule on Thu 10th Jul 2003 18:03 UTC

Intel's Itanium design finally walks away from that, but it has been a failure, last year selling only 700 units.

I'm glad others are aware of what a dismal failure Itanium was. I always get a laugh out of people saying that the lingering big iron RISC vendors (i.e. Sun, SGI) should drop their designs and standardize on IA64.

Except SPARC and MIPS together outsold Itanium last year by two orders of magnitude. Way to go, Intel!