[rescue] sparc10 cpu - what to do.

Joshua Boyd jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Tue Dec 20 00:00:34 CST 2016

On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:49:38AM -0500, Andrew Jones wrote:
> On 12/18/2016 02:03 PM, Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
> >I don't know if i860 was overall profitable for Intel or not; that
> >would be my measure of success for the program.
> >
> >When they got the StrongARM/Xscale deal from Digital they seemed to
> >have replaced the i860 with the ARM based chips.
> >
> Are you sure you're not thinking of the i960?  The i960 was a RISC
> chip that had a long, healthy life in embedded applications.  RAID
> controllers, network control planes, etc.
> The only things I ever heard of using the i860 were Intel's own
> supercomputer product, and the most expensive NeXT graphics option.

The SGI Reality Engine and RE2 graphics options used i860 chips for
their geometry processing.  The RE had 8 chips and the RE2 had 12. 

There was also the Hauppauge 4860, a board aimed at AutoCAD with a 486
and a i860 CPU.  There is a page on it here:

Speaking of the NextDimension's 860, there was a port of Renderman to
the i860 made for Truevision Horizon860.  Its too bad that port wasn't
also made part of the renderman already included with NextStep,
particularly to accellerate the interactive viewer.

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