Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Feb 2007 21:56 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Remember PA Semi? The company has just released, as promised, its first chipset. "They are full 64-bit PPC, support virtualisation, and would do Alitvec but that name is copyrighted by Freescale. Instead they do 'VMA'. The three parts run at a max wattage of 25, 15 and 10W for the 2.0, 1.5 and 1.0GHz parts respectively, with typical wattage listed at 13, 8 and 6W. The individual cores are said to have a 7W max and 4W typical power consumption at 2.0GHz." PA Semi was one of the prime reasons why Ars's John 'Hannibal' Stokes doubted Apple's reasoning for the switch to Intel.
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RE[3]: AltiVec?
by twenex on Wed 7th Feb 2007 00:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: AltiVec?"
twenex
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The x86 camp at least has this in-line due to their cross-liscensing agreement.

Not really. Whether it's because they've not cross-licenced the names or not (and presumably they haven't) several features of x86 chips differ between AMD and Intel - such as 3DNow! and MMX, the No eXecute bit (which has a different name on Intel x86), and the two commands which send the new x86 processors into "fully-virtualizable" mode.

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