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 Jun 12, 2004 - 11:26 AM - by Michael
* Happy Birthday, 486 (and i860 too)

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According to, the venerable old Intel 486 microprocessor is now 15 years old.

It's an illuminating look back - at the time, Intel didn't know if RISC (the instruction set base that Apple was banking on) or CISC (the instruction set the modern x86 line uses) was the architecture that was going to take off - so they released the 486 and the i860 simultaneously.

Even funnier is how Compaq was pushing to emphasize the 486, and Microsoft the i860, and yet Intel went with the 486.

Wish they'd remembered that lesson when they launched Itanic (the 64-bit Itanium processor line) instead of going with x86-64 like AMD did.

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