Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2007 22:00 UTC, submitted by _mikk
Intel "Intel and VMware announced today that Intel Capital is taking a USD 218.5 million stake in virtualization company VMWare. Intel will purchase 9.5 million Class A shares at USD 23 per share, which, at the completion of VMware's forthcoming IPO, will give Intel about a 2.5 percent stake in the company. Because VMware's stock is split between Class A shares, which have less voting power, and Class B shares, Intel won't control that many votes in the company, but they will get a board seat."
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RE[5]: what...
by psychicist on Wed 11th Jul 2007 09:13 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: what..."
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It will be interesting to see how the MIPS processor goes - if it is fully open and documented, it'll be a great platform to base operating systems on.

It is one of the most open platforms in existence. That's why there is such a broad ecosystem of vendors for all kinds of MIPS processors not to mention that licenses are a lot cheaper than for example ARM. The only architecture that is more open is SPARC.

Many patents on the architecture are no longer valid so newer versions of the MIPS ISA can be targeted. And since ST Microelectronics has taken a MIPS64 license the upcoming Loongson 2F will be fully MIPS64R2 compliant.

It would be interesting to see it in a laptop, especially considering the 3-8watt at 1Ghz which documentation claims; IIRC thats 5-10 watts less than the UlraSPARC IIe running at half the speed.

These claims are right. I have received a Fu Long box from Lemote and that's what I used to port Slackware. It is always powered on and doesn't run hot although there is a fan that makes (little) noise all the time because of non-existent power management in the kernel at the moment.

The components on the inside are in fact the same as those in a notebook. You could see it as the equivalent of the Mac Mini G4 vs the Powerbook. The released systems are the first ones available and newer ones based on Loongson 2F, DDR2 and PCI-X will come later this year.

The 200 notebooks that have been created are only available for their internal use and development. I expect their successors to be available at the end of the year though.

If you look at historical performance statistics it was always so that Digital Alpha, HP PA-RISC and SGI MIPS came out on top with the rest following and SPARC mostly somewhere at the back of the list, so I'm not the least surprised at Loongson's and other MIPS implementations' performance.

I find it strange that now that more and more people are migrating to less power-hungry architectures Apple chose to go the other way around and not always to the enjoyment of their notebook customers particularly with respect to the heat the Core2Duo laptops generate. I would have taken a multicore G4 or Pwrficient over Core2Duo or Turion X2 any day of the week.

Edited 2007-07-11 09:18 UTC

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