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]: x86
by galvanash on Fri 16th Nov 2012 21:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: x86"
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K7 was designed also by people who came from Alpha team, it uses the EV6 bus of Alphas (there were some plans for Alphas on Slot A, IIRC - too bad they didn't come to fruition, it could be interesting)

Samsung did ship a series of motherboards using the irongate/irongate-2 chipset (AMD 751/761 Northbridge), the UP1000, UP1100, and UP1500. They were, for all intents and purposes, pretty much identical to standard Athlon motherboards - they were PCI/AGP boards using standard PC southbridge chips. They just had different sockets (originally Slot B and later Socket B - which had more pins than the standard AMD packaging design to hold Samgung fabbed Allpha EV67/EV68 processors).

Edited 2012-11-16 21:40 UTC

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RE[6]: x86
by zima on Sat 17th Nov 2012 09:57 in reply to "RE[5]: x86"
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Ah yes, Slot B; though Socket B is new to me. And did I remember correctly about some plans for Slot A (and/or Socket A?) Alphas? The world of computing could be somewhat different if we had those...

Oh well, too bad the Itanium was so successful... (in persuading most of the competition to exit the market)

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