Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Mar 2009 17:04 UTC
AMD Recently, AMD spun off its manufacturing business in a partnership with the Abu Dhabi government into Global Foundries. Apparently, Intel isn't very happy about this, and has said in correspondence to AMD that the patent cross-license agreement from 2001 has now been broken by AMD.
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RE[4]: Patents should be scrapped
by lemur2 on Mon 16th Mar 2009 23:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Patents should be scrapped"
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While there are many good architectures they all have limitations: SPARC: currently only developed by Fujitsu and Sun. While an open standard it hasn't gained much headway. ARM: ARM has only recently started a push on preformance. While it woul be fine if it offloaded virtually everything to a GPU it isn't suited well for multi aplication work load. this however has improved greatly over the last year and the upcomming products are very promising. Itanium: I like this chip I do. it's not that hard to code for, and is faily straight forward. downsides is that it is really expensive due to limited quantities and a few other things. the good news is that windows is suported on it and the new Itaniums comming out are smaller faster and cheaper. Cell: a nightmear to code for, enough said. PPC: not to hard to code for, loads of linux suport, and freescale has some chips that make great desktop processors. MIPS: no x86-64 is good. is it the best archetecture out there? no, but it does what is needed and its a lot better than it used ot be. I don't mind it as the standard and think that this will go away soon as neither side can survive the loss of the other.

People don't code for chips any more ... compilers do that.

Did you know that GCC has just gained support for "automatic parallelization"?

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That sort of thing could make the multi-RISC-core approach (SPARC, ARM and Cell) a lot more interesting, don't you think?

There is a lot of source code widely available (with no-risk-of-being-sued license terms) that is readily compiled by GCC.

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