I came across this while search for new lappy for 2006.
Maybe this will mean competition for intel in the Macs, who knows, and the risc architecture will possibly make for faster FPU operations, and force applications to more aggressively optimize for the chipset. Let see what unfold.
|One strategic path that will knock you for a loop, and which I’ll detail soon, is AMD’s coming escape from the confines of Intel’s x86 instruction set. To this point, AMD has resisted the temptation to overhaul the x86, even though it sorely needs it. When Fab 36 cranks up, AMD will overcome that fear. AMD64 processors will take on performance, scalability, resource management, and availability-related instruction set extensions that will be proprietary to AMD CPUs. Don’t freak out: AMD will keep its contract to be 100 percent compatible with Intel-standard processors. But the idea of seeing “optimized for AMD64” stamped on software boxes delights me. Another journalist at the same event posited that AMD’s technological lead over Intel will be short-lived and is calling “game over” once Intel’s new Pentium M-derived cores debut across the product line. With due respect to my colleague, AMD will extend its lead, showing Intel’s reactive strategy for what it is.|