Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 13:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Intel and AMD. These guys are doing pretty well in laptops, servers, and of course desktops, but when it comes to mobile devices, they've so far been unable to adapt the x86 architecture to the stricter requirements that come with those devices. ARM, on the other hand, pretty much owns this market at this point. And you know what? It's time for Intel and AMD to get worried - really worried. ARM has just announced its Cortex-A15 MPCore chips - which will reach 2.5Ghz in quad-core configurations.
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RE[3]: Meh
by renox on Thu 9th Sep 2010 19:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
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I agree, I don't see why people are so eager to wait on ARM, even though MIPS is already 64bit, has also a 16/32bit instruction length mode (though I don't know if it's compatible with the 64 bit address space).

ARM is simpler to decode than x86, so there is probably a power advantage, but it's not simpler to decode than MIPS..
Yet I don't see many MIPS server, so I don't see why ARM would be more successful..

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RE[4]: Meh
by bert64 on Fri 10th Sep 2010 08:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Meh"
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MIPS servers have been and gone...
Look for old SGI hardware on ebay, most of that was MIPS based. I have an SGI Onyx, capable of holding 24x 64bit MIPS R12000 processors, and SGI used to produce one which scaled to 512 processors.

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RE[5]: Meh
by bnolsen on Sun 12th Sep 2010 04:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Meh"
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mips never really got traction. One important telltale sign that ARM is doing well today are that more and more open source libraries contain not just optimized assembly paths just for x86 but also for ARM. apple has done us all a great service by getting ARM on the map for more general purpose processing.

And I'd love to see mips come back. More than a few gaming devices do MIPS (psp, dingoo, etc). It seems to be a decent architecture that historically has scaled better than ARM.

Edited 2010-09-12 04:43 UTC

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