Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Nov 2008 12:42 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Netbooks are still all the rage these days, but according to Intel, this is going to change soon. The company has stated that they first thought that netbooks, who are almost exclusively powered by Intel chips, would be for emerging markets, but as it turns out, they are especially popular in Europe and North America. Intel claims that while these devices are "fine for an hour", they are not something for day to day use. And AMD? They are ignoring the market altogether.
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Loongson
by spiderman on Fri 28th Nov 2008 12:51 UTC
spiderman
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2008-10-23

No problem, I'm waiting for the Gdium with a loongson processor to be ready in December. x86 is a dead end anyway...

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RE: Loongson
by abraxas on Fri 28th Nov 2008 13:05 in reply to "Loongson"
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2005-07-07

No problem, I'm waiting for the Gdium with a loongson processor to be ready in December. x86 is a dead end anyway...


x86 is dead? What planet are you on? x86 is bigger than ever. Even if some amazing breakthrough processor came out today it would be at least ten years before x86 dies and Loongson does not seem to be a breakthrough. If you're been around long enough you'd know that x86 was supposed to be killed several times by Mips, PPC and others. It never happened.

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RE[2]: Loongson
by REM2000 on Fri 28th Nov 2008 13:18 in reply to "RE: Loongson"
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2006-07-25

as the above said, x86 is here to stay, not even intel could get rid of x86 (Itanium).

Ive heard that even some mobile phone companys will move over to x86 when it becomes a little leaner with power.

The netbook arena is a tight market because of the costs of the units, which of course is it's biggest seller. It's natural therefore that some companies don't want to get into it. AMD currently has it's work cut out remaining competitive with intel in the desktop and server market, let alone trying to enter another smaller niche market.

Edited 2008-11-28 13:19 UTC

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RE[2]: Loongson
by spiderman on Fri 28th Nov 2008 15:12 in reply to "RE: Loongson"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Sorry, I didn't say x86 was dead.
That's a trick of the english language. "dead end" does not mean "dead", it is a whole different concept. It just means "no road through", it has nothing to do with "dead"...
In most other languages, there is a different word for those two concepts. for instance, in french, they say "impasse" for "dead end" and "mort" for "dead". the english language is just too poor so it reuses the same word with very different meaning just by adding another word. That is confusing, but we have to live with it.

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RE: Loongson
by darknexus on Fri 28th Nov 2008 13:48 in reply to "Loongson"
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2008-07-15

X86 is a dead end? Where've you been hiding? I won't say X86 is the best architecture by a long shot, but if it was a dead end it would have died long ago. X86 is cheap, it's proven, it's standardized, and it is capable of evolving for quite a few more years yet especially with the recent developments of low-power chips like the Atom. I'll believe it to be dead when I see the last x86-based system in a tech museum, and no sooner. That being said, I welcome competition in all things. Competition is the key to innovation, and if another architecture be it based on PPC, MIPS, or something entirely new kills x86 by being superior, let the best architecture win.

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