Alpha CPUs, was Re: [rescue] i860 Success

Andrew Weiss ajwdsp at
Mon May 3 15:07:19 CDT 2004

On May 3, 2004, at 1:36 PM, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:

> Sun, 02 May 2004 @ 22:31 -0500, Eric Dittman said:
>>>>> I still like Alpha better, even though it is old and crusty now.
>>>> Old and crusty?!?  Just because Intel wants to keep it dead so it 
>>>> doesn't
>>>> compete with the x86, it's definately neither old nor crusty, IMO.
>>> Old and crusty in the sense that it is a late 80s design, which in 
>>> the
>>> CPU world, is ancient history.
>> I guess you hadn't been keeping up on the Alpha development.  The EV7 
>> is
>> in no way old, crusty, or a late '80s design.
> Old != bad.  Don't read something in "old and crusty" that isn't there.
Dude... Crusty == bad.

Sure Alpha EV7 is a 90's or 00's implementation of an 80's design

The P4 is a 00's implementation of a 70's design

Equal footing or worse for the P4/Xeon x86 family.

POWER is sooo much newer in both design and fab.  PPC and power are 
early 90's design and current fab and implementation.


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