Windows 8 on AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm & TI: Let the Race Beginby Anand Lal Shimpi on June 1, 2011 10:16 PM EST
I'm in the audience of Microsoft's Partner Preview for Computex 2011, basically an event to give a sneak peak of the future of Windows to press and MS partners here in Taipei.
Of course I'm talking about Windows 8. On stage there are several systems running a wide variety of hardware. Microsoft has machines from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA (presumably a Tegra 2 or Kal-El notebook?), Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. That's five players when Windows 7 really only launched on platforms from two different silicon vendors.
We've got a race here folks and it's anyone's game. Intel has the lionshare of traditional PCs, but Qualcomm is really the Intel of the ultra mobile world. How this race plays out over the next two years is going to be very interesting. With five players here today, you can expect that list to dwindle over time. Remember when there were 4 players in the x86 CPU race?
Gallery: Microsoft Windows 8 Partner Preview
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andrewlanewildman - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI guess I'm too young to remember when there were 4 players in the x86 CPU race. Who were the other two?
Gamingphreek - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkYou had:
hvakrg - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkIsn't Via supposed to be there instead of IDT/IBM? Or did they come later?
Gamingphreek - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkI thought Via bought Cyrix later but I could have gotten them all mixed up.
hvakrg - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkAh that might be I really don't know :)
velis - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - linkYes, they did
bji - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - linkHuh? National Semiconductor bought Cyrix.
Via bought IDT, although to say that IDT was a major player in the x86 space is definitely a stretch.
IBM did have partnerships with Cyrix and built Cyrix designed chips and sold them under their own brand name. You could also call IBM a major player back then but that is only slightly less of an overstatement than to say the same about IDT.
There were really only three competitive x86 vendors:
Cyrix was the least competitive and didn't last. They offered incredible value though in the late 90's, but never came close to competing in the high end, or even the midrange really. They were strictly low end.
Back in the days of the Pentium II, AMD K6-2, and Cyrix M2, the x86 world was a much more interesting place than now. Nothing interesting ever happens anymore, the industry just kind of rolls along at a predictable pace.
pcreso - Saturday, June 11, 2011 - linkWhat about even earlier... NEC had better than Intel 8086 cpus in the early PC days...
ganeshts - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_former_IA-32_...
shabby - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - linkCyrix and Via.