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IDF is supposed to stand for the Intel Developers Conference, but its more lile the April Fools Conference if they really beleive, or rather they expect us to beleive, they can get an x86 based processor capable of running the blubbering edifice of Windows Vista with the same power consumption as a current X-Scale.

The embedded and CE (Consumer Electronics) market is dominated by the ARM ISA, and there is very little call for x86 compatibility, or indeed skill to use it as its one of the few areas where had tuned assembler is still used for kernels and device drivers. I see this story as Intel just talking up the tired old dog of the x86 ISA in the CE field as a way of taking the heat off their thrashing by AMD on the desktop and servers.

Whilst Intel have failed to lever the X-Scale in to the lucrative mobile phone market in any volume (it remains dominated by other ARM based SOCs such as TI's O-MAP), there is still enough demand from other markets for Intel to stick with the X-Scale for a good time to come. This isn't just the visible PDA/Smartphone and portable media player market which are driving up performance requirements, but also the embedded networking controllers used in switch gear and the PCI controllers used on system bridges - which is where the X-Scale IOP321 in the Iyonix comes from. As Intel have dropped their previous processors for these segements such as the i960, ambandong the X-Scale would mean also abandoning these lucrative markets.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 25/8/05 4:11PM
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