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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tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

And before that MIPS could have dominated, and before that SPARC, and before that 68k, and...

They coulda, shoulda, woulda, but they didn't.


X86 has always had the advantage that it has rode both curves: process and microarchitecture. While most of its competitors were riding only one. PowerPC may have had an initial microarchitectural edge, but it was on a stagnant process.

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JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

And before that MIPS could have dominated, and before that SPARC, and before that 68k, and...

They coulda, shoulda, woulda, but they didn't.


Because businesses demanded BC. If IBM had picked anything other than the 8086/8088 for their first PCs, that would have been the main CPU today.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

And if my grandma had balls we would have called her grandpa.

What is your point exactly?

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Bad, bad IBM
by zima on Mon 26th Sep 2011 23:53 in reply to "RE[6]: RISC dominates where no BC needed"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It doesn't matter what made x86 chips better for the markets they dominate in*, the simple fact is that they are better.

*which is mostly: effects from economies of scale in one market making the chips better for few others; those effects (and overall the sort of evolutionary pressures acting also with technological "organisms") BC being often desirable are a simple facts of life.

Edited 2011-09-26 23:55 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Not even always both, there were some not very impressive stretches. But it had enough.

Edited 2011-09-26 23:50 UTC

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