Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jun 2005 12:27 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There are increasing rumors that Alpha might be brought back to life. The Inq sets the big 'if' aside and explores the possiblities: "What if there really is a will to get Alpha back into the changed market? What sort of chip would it have to be to have that good chance of success, if any?"
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by nimble on Thu 30th Jun 2005 13:10 UTC

Why all that fawning about Alpha anyway?

Yes, Alphas were designed by particularly talented engineers who introduced lots of new ideas first. But those ideas (and the engineers) have long since transferred to x86 implementations.

The Alpha's instruction set itself is just another cache-busting 32-bit-fixed RISC job.