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 13:22 UTC

Any chance you might expand a bit on how exactly the Alpha instruction set is meant to be so much better than PowerPC and ARM?

They're all just very slight variations on the same theme: load/store architecture, simple addressing, lots of registers, three-operand format, fixed 32-bit encoding.

Besides, the ARM instruction set could very well be implemented as an out-of-order design with a long pipeline running at >2GHz.