Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Sun 10th Feb 2002 17:37 UTC
Editorial "This will end up being one of the world's worst investments, I'm afraid," - David House, former Intel chief of corporate strategy said in the early 1990s. I've been fasinated by microprocessors for years and have been following the Merced debacle since back in 1994 when HP and Intel announced they were getting together to make some amazing new technology.
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Re: Exposing VLIW
by longjohn on Wed 13th Feb 2002 00:17 UTC

The idea of distributing intermediate-code files that are compiled on installation isn't new. I came up with this idea in 1992 and then discovered it was already old-hat.

The problem with this approach is that it assumes that the source code is platform independent. It is amazing how much source code isn't. The elegance of the Transmeta approach is that it detects the platform dependencies and emulates around them.

As for Transmeta and x86-64: licensing x86-64 technology isn't the same thing as delivering it, but I expect that they will for the reasons given.