Does Intel have any instruction set newer than the 30 year-old x86? (the x64 has the same baggage as the x86)
Something lightweight like ARM, but can run a full OS - RISC? There is the Itanium IA-64, but I never seeing that going into phones.
As much as I like Intel, I don't see milliwatt Atoms working well in phones.
[citation][nom]jprahman[/nom]It's a particular CPU architecture, to be exact it's a low power RISC architecture that basically the majority of smart phones use along with a bazillion other embedded devices. Do a google search.[/citation]
RISC = Reduced Instruction Set Computer (and i didn't google that either!)
RISC allows Processors to run quickly as the instruction set to compile is very small compared to x86
The acronym ARM, first used in 1983, originally stood for "Acorn RISC Machine". However, when the company was incorporated in 1990, the acronym was changed to stand for "Advanced RISC Machines" in the company name "Advanced RISC Machines Holdings". Then, at the time of the IPO in 1998, the company name was changed to "ARM Holdings"
hahaha lmao, ARM Holdings! Brilliant! Do they also have a sub company of Hand Holdings?.... Hope they dont break a leg.... Hopefully they dont start making high end processors like intel, they will cost an Arm and a Leg. And if they make a mistake like intels chipset they wont have a leg to stand on!.
If the RISC processor has a reduced instruction set, does that mean they are not doing as many things in hardware as an x86 processor might, therefore making the OS code bigger and slower to do the same things that a more complex processor would in hardware? -OR- Does that mean there is an abundant number of instructions in the x86 instruction set that no contemporary software actually uses, thereby wasting CPU real estate and power? IF that's the case, then couldn't the x86 architecture simply drop the oldest, unused instructions and tell everyone who is affected (and cares) to, well, recompile?
I think it's important to know that anyone can make an ARM CPU by paying a small license fee to ARM Holdings (including Intel and AMD). Also, note that the stock price for ARM Holdings, Inc. has sky-rocketed this year. ARM very well may be the CPU in almost everything in a few very short years.