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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x86/x86-64 only dominates the PC market due to the backwards compatibility pressure of the market. In fields where such an issue isn't present, x86/x86-64 is just another processor, and not as good as many other competitors

Curious how Apple switched to x86 a few years back, against their BC concerns.

Or how Linux enthusiasts, who can mostly compile to anything, are almost virtually on desktop / laptop x86 machines.

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