Sorry Man, I wouldn't want to be responsible for raising your blood pressure. So I leave the register one where it is
Yes I take your point about the market. At one level Intel have the desktop market sown up, at another level ARM have the embedded processor market sown up. I think my point (perhaps unclear due to hamfisted writing on my part) is that Intel were forced to upgrade the Pentium because of competition from AMD. ARM has (so far) made sure that it has *no* compeditors that can offer an ARM instruction set compatible processor - and hence (perhaps) things have been left sit a little (IMHO). If ARM had had the same sort of competition as Intel had perhaps ARM would be aiming somewhat higher than the 400MHz they currently aspire to (as high end) - which some of their licensees (e.g., Intel and Samsung) have already shown is a breechable target.
Spriteman> The point is that *no* currently existing processor allows ARM code to be run as fast as the fastest ARM's currently available.
I don't quite follow your point about hardware abstraction (VA uses bog standard RISC OS which doesn't). Just because ROS 5 hardware abstracts does *not* necessarily mean you'll get better performance as the native OS it will call (hypothetically WindowsXP or Linux) would have *further* hardware abstraction for it's own purposes (you'd in effect be doing the hardware abstraction step twice - once in ROS (in emulated ARM code) and once in the underlying OS (in that machines native code)). Or have I missed something ?