torbenm wrote>"I doubt ARM would have survived long without being separated from Acorn, Few companies would use a processor whose fate rest with a competitor."
That's why you don't try to get a compeditor to buy into it (as Acorn did). You find Consumer Electronics outfits and get *them* interested, you pick areas where performance are important (e.g., video decoding, audio processing, realtime systems etc.,) and target your chip there. The fact Acorn is building desktop computers would not in the least bit worry them - as Acorn and they are in *different domains*.
Unfortunately Acorn chose Apple. A compeditor. Who said "thank you very much" and proceeded to (I would suggest) steer the ARM in the "low power/non-desktop" area. Eventually resulting in Acorn having no viable supply of suitable "desktop" quality chips - exit Acorn as an Apple compeditor.
I know a lot of people think Microsoft succeeded because they "licensed" their OS to others, but in actual fact it was *IBM* that granted Microsoft the "non-exclusive" deal that allowed MS to sell MS-DOS to others while also selling PC-DOS to IBM. In the end who was the winner - IBM who facilitated Microsoft or Microsoft ?
Simply "sharing" technology does *not* necessarily make you a winner - it's *how* you share it and *who* you share it with. IBM picked bad (and are now effectively out of the PC business), Acorn picked bad and they're also out of the computer business.
When it came to technology Acorn were (IMHO) really innovative and creative. Their business skills, however, well that's another story....
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