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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RE[6]: Loongson
by spiderman on Mon 1st Dec 2008 19:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Loongson"
spiderman
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2008-10-23

Well, I suppose moving to 64bit and implementing virtualization proves that x86 can still evolve, although 64bit and virtualization was nothing new. Maybe dead end is too strong and things can still improve.
I still think that x86 is unclean. It is condemned to support legacy software. I know Intel has the best factories and can put a lot of money in supporting x86 with very small transistors and many Gigahertz, but if only they put that money on a clean design, things would be a lot different.
I don't care for legacy software so I put my money on better design for my next netbook because I have hope that one day we can put an end to the inefficient x86 mess. Give me all the gigahertz and the smaller transistors for less energy on a processor that implements the features I need cleanly and I'll be happy. I know it takes a revolution to move past x86, and I know it won't happen, but I refuse to be a lemming.

Edited 2008-12-01 20:00 UTC

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RE[7]: Loongson
by BluenoseJake on Mon 1st Dec 2008 22:21 in reply to "RE[6]: Loongson"
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2005-08-11

Well, that argument just broke down to nothing about opinions and no facts. x86 might not be the "cleanest", but it is the most successful PC architecture on the planet, and will continue to be, for a very long time.

They put all sorts of money into a clean design, it is called Itanium. It didn't pick up any traction, MS decided to support x64, and that was that. The market likes x86.

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RE[8]: Loongson
by spiderman on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 06:55 in reply to "RE[7]: Loongson"
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2008-10-23

Yes and the market is dumb, as well as those who follow it blindly. If enough people start to think, maybe we can do something good. OK, I know it won't happen, but wise men seek the truth. It doesn't matter if it doesn't change anything, but it does matter that it makes you happy. As a technically aware person, it would make me unhappy to use an inefficient x86 on my netbook, especially when the ARM and MIPS architecture are more power efficient and my netbook doesn't need virtualization, 3D and stuff.

Edited 2008-12-02 06:58 UTC

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