Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:24 UTC
AMD "Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation." Woah. Bad news for competition in the x86 space.
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RE[5]: Thom
by oiaohm on Wed 14th Nov 2012 00:40 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Thom"
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--The license can be market-specific, for example embedded only? ~i386-only?-- No

i386 is 1985 for the instruction set. Add 20 years. 2005 patents died on instruction set. The Same design as Nvidia x86 chip is still in production. Nvidia sold that design off to a different maker.

Embedded x86 mostly uses patent expired.

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RE[6]: Thom
by zima on Thu 15th Nov 2012 20:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Thom"
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Right. Hmm, so in a decade AMD64 & SSE3 should be clear, and probably perfectly enough to run virtually all legacy stuff... (perhaps that's what the Chinese aim at with hardware-assisted virtualisation of x86 in Loongson CPUs?)

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