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 Apr 03, 2007 - 12:06 PM - by Michael
* x86 here to stay

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News.com(.com) offers up insight as to why the x86 architecture's not going anywhere.

Backwards compatibility, anyone?

The warm embrace of AMD's Opteron x86-64 processor (later duplicated by Intel) was the final blow, relegating EPIC and Itanium to the high end of the server market where it makes sense to port applications to take advantage of the performance offered by Itanium.

As with most things, it all came down to money. Billions of dollars have been invested in software written for x86.

 

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