Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Sep 2011 16:51 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Intel With the Xeon 7600 line, Intel is finally using the 'R' word: RISC. It's targeting the mission-critical market dominated by Sun SPARC and IBM Power with the new chips, a first. Can the Xeon E7 processor deliver Intel's final blow to the RISC market, which includes its own Itanium?
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RE: Comment by Luminair
by bhtooefr on Mon 19th Sep 2011 22:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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Well, (and this is a response to multiple comments) there are two RISC markets, essentially - the embedded market (which includes phones and consoles), and the server market.

The server RISC market is the "serious iron" (other than mainframes, anyway) that Intel hasn't quite been able to touch with their x86 stuff, for various reasons. And, despite Itanium not being a traditional RISC CPU, POWER isn't exactly RISC nowadays, either - it has memory-memory instructions and micro-ops, both the hallmarks of a CISC CPU.

That's what Intel's claiming they are able to compete with now.

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