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Article:
  Apple's High-Water Mark?
Subject:   Orders of magnitude
Date:   2006-03-30 18:11:04
From:   pquam
Response to: Orders of magnitude

Sun has its multiprocessing ultrasparc T1 out which was just open-sourced. It was supposed to do for servers what Cell does for multimedia, but failed to outperform Athlons in most situations. This may change though. There will probably be mainstream quad core processors before too long.
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If chip-makers were really smart, they would implement specific functions in FPGAs, and have them be reprogrammed as needed. Linked together, FPGAs can give magnitudes more processing power than etched silicon and their abilities have been doubling every year for the past five years. They are no longer limited to the embedded world.