Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2005 16:46 UTC, submitted by Nicholas Blachford
Intel "At next week's Intel developer forum, the firm is due to announce a next generation x86 processor core. The current speculation is this new core is going too be based on one of the existing Pentium M cores. I think it's going to be something completely different."
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by on Thu 18th Aug 2005 19:16 UTC

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The author ignores several important considerations. The most important being that the OS kernel has to be written to the new processor. If simply changing ISA was a slam-dunk performance/watt win, it would have been done long ago.

Creating a new ISA is huge, requires new kernels, new drivers, not to mention all the internal stuff. Itanium is supposedly a superior architecture, but it simply hasn't taken off at all.

There may be large-scale structural changes in the processor, they might have even designed a new microISA for internal processor usage, but I'm betting that they aren't crazy enough to have come out with a new ISA for desktop platforms.

Not that I wouldn't welcome a switch from the antiquated x86 architecture, but Intel simply isn't that radical with it's bread and butter.

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