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#Actualcr88192

Posted 19 April 2013 - 11:51 PM

if Intel screws things up too bad, there is still AMD, and if AMD is also screwing things up, then this means more room for VIA.

third parties also have more of an opening now as well, since if things like MMX and SSE are omitted, then most of the rest of the x86 ISA could be implemented without raising any patent issues.

the rest would basically be pulling a Zilog, and maybe formally renaming the registers and many of the instruction mnemonics to sidestep possibly copyright issues (though, we may not even need this much).

say:
AL -> R0B, CL -> R1B, ...
AX -> R1W, CX -> R1W, ...
EAX -> R0D, ECX -> R1D, ...

LD R0D, [R5D+0x2C]
ST [R5D-0x18], R0D

then assemblers would just "quietly" accept the original names.

(this would be binary compatible with pretty much all 32-bit code compiled with default compiler settings, basically representing a 486DX or Pentium 1 like subset).

(64-bit is a little more of an issue at this point, since a binary compatible x86-64 would require licensing...).


but, FWIW, x86 is kind of hard to displace at this point.
it has been yet to be seen if ARM will (actually) make any inroads into traditional x86-dominated spaces (laptops, desktops, servers, ...), nor for that matter that laptops or desktops will "actually" die off.

I suspect probably most people are doing the whole thing of having a desktop, a laptop, and a tablet. tablets, being the new thing, will have higher sales, since pretty much everyone already has a desktop, and in recent years there isn't that much reason to buy a new desktop every few years (say, when 3 or 4 years later, the new chips are only marginally faster than they were a few years ago...).

like, people are like "well, sales are dropping, people must be moving away from desktops", rather than, say, "sales are dropping, maybe the market is saturated...".

#2cr88192

Posted 19 April 2013 - 11:51 PM

if Intel screws things up too bad, there is still AMD, and if AMD is also screwing things up, then this means more room for VIA.

third parties also have more of an opening now as well, since if things like MMX and SSE are omitted, then most of the rest of the x86 ISA could be implemented without raising any patent issues.

the rest would basically be pulling a Zilog, and maybe formally renaming the registers and many of the instruction mnemonics to sidestep possibly copyright issues (though, we may not even need this much).

say:
AL -> R0B, CL -> R1B, ...
AX -> R1W, CX -> R1W, ...
EAX -> R0D, ECX -> R1D, ...

LD R0D, [R5D+0x2C]
ST [R5D-0x18], R0D

then assemblers would just "quietly" accept the original names.

(this would be binary compatible with pretty much all 32-bit code compiled with default compiler settings, basically representing a 486DX or Pentium 1 like subset).

(64-bit is a little more of an issue at this point, since a binary compatible x86-64 would require licensing...).


but, FWIW, x86 is kind of hard to displace at this point.
it has been yet to be seen if ARM will (actually) make any inroads into traditional x86-dominated spaces (laptops, desktops, servers, ...), nor for that matter that laptops or desktops will "actually" die off.

I suspect probably most people are doing the whole thing of having a desktop, a laptop, and a tablet. tablets, being the new thing, will have higher sales, since pretty much everyone already has a desktop, and in recent years there isn't that much reason to buy a new desktop every few years (say, when 3 or 4 years later, the new chips are only marginally faster than they were a few years ago...).

like, people are like "well, sales are dropping, people must be moving away from desktops", rather than, say, "sales are dropping, maybe the market is saturated...".

#1cr88192

Posted 19 April 2013 - 11:47 PM

if Intel screws things up too bad, there is still AMD, and if AMD is also screwing things up, then this means more room for VIA.

 

third parties also have more of an opening now as well, since if things like MMX and SSE are omitted, then most of the rest of the x86 ISA could be implemented without raising any patent issues.

 

the rest would basically be pulling a Zilog, and maybe formally renaming the registers and many of the instruction mnemonics to sidestep possibly copyright issues (though, we may not even need this much).

 

(this would be binary compatible with pretty much all 32-bit code compiled with default compiler settings)

 

say:

AL -> R0B, CL -> R1B, ...

AX -> R1W, CX -> R1W, ...

EAX -> R0D, ECX -> R1D, ...

 

LD R0D, [R5D+0x2C]

ST [R5D-0x18], R0D

 

then assemblers would just "quietly" accept the original names.

 

(64-bit is a little more of an issue at this point, since a binary compatible x86-64 would require licensing...).

 

 

but, FWIW, x86 is kind of hard to displace at this point.

it has been yet to be seen if ARM will (actually) make any inroads into traditional x86-dominated spaces (laptops, desktops, servers, ...), nor for that matter that laptops or desktops will "actually" die off.

 

I suspect probably most people are doing the whole thing of having a desktop, a laptop, and a tablet. tablets, being the new thing, will have higher sales, since pretty much everyone already has a desktop, and in recent years there isn't that much reason to buy a new desktop every few years (say, when 3 or 4 years later, the new chips are only marginally faster than they were a few years ago...).

 

like, people are like "well, sales are dropping, people must be moving away from desktops", rather than, say, "sales are dropping, maybe the market is saturated...".


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