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: Advantage PowerPC
by Roy on Thu 10th Jul 2003 20:08 UTC

Maybe I'm missing the point of your comment, but I don't understand how this is different from the x86 world. The Pentium, Pentium Pro/2/3, Pentium4, PentiumM, Althon/AthlonXP, and the Via C3 all run compatible code, yet have all the same differences. This is true of ANY ISA with multiple generations of products. No doubt, the PowerPC ISA is superior to the x86 ISA, but I don't see what that has to do with most of your comment.