Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Nov 2011 22:32 UTC
Intel You may not realise it, but today one of the most important pieces of technology celebrates its 40th birthday. In November 15, 1971, a company called Intel released its Intel 4004 processor - the first single-chip microprocessor, and one of the most important milestones in computer history.
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RE[3]: Congratulations!
by demetrioussharpe on Wed 16th Nov 2011 14:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Congratulations!"
demetrioussharpe
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2009-01-09

When were you a kid btw? When i was younger we had opportunity to pick between the following in x86: Cyrix, IDT, Intel, AMD, RiSE NexGen and the NEC Clones.

Today the only manufacturers that are allowed to make x86:cpu's are VIA (whom bouht IDT and Cyrix), SiS (Who bought RiSE from the people at VIA) AMD (sharing agreement with intel as well as bought the designs from nexgen as well as the company) And ofcourse intel themselves. Ofcourse if someone were able to do a complete reverse engineering of any of those they would be allowed to sell x86 designs learned from that expierience too. (in omst countries atleast, local laws may apply)

Edit: Nexgen added.


Those were the days... I hate what's happened to the industry. Sure, things are more standard, but there's less actual choice than there used to be.

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RE[4]: Congratulations!
by zima on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 23:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Congratulations!"
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2005-07-06

Nah. Many of those "choices" were more or less horrible, and still universally "too expensive" & of much worse value than the nice things of the last decade (or so), things which brought less limits of what you can do, what you can accomplish.

You have more actual (and typically better, with great value) choices instead of "necessities" of old. It's just that how some x86 designs were much further ahead made most others disappear.

But there's so much more than that. Probably any of the dozens random microcontrollers will give much better value than those from the old days (you could hardly do that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzebox 2 decades years ago for example, not anywhere near so good & inexpensively; didn't stop some, of course: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaksija ), out of which x86 was born BTW.

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