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IBM's Last Stand in CPUs?

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rick merritt
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Re: It's a funny old world...
rick merritt   8/30/2013 9:23:32 AM
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@GMSD: Interesting. I saw a Berkeley poster on Chisel and RISC-V at Hot Chips. They plan a September bot camp. But what's thre route to making this commercially viable?

As folks said at the event, we are at a stage where no one has motivation to drive a new ISA.
 BTW, Nividia announced earlier this year it will license its Kepler GPU IP.

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Re: Google = Motorola
rick merritt   8/30/2013 9:24:44 AM
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@SSLIVA: Funny I forgot the Goog/Mot connection. The PowerPC partners are back!

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Adele.Hars   8/30/2013 2:39:15 PM
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Perhaps IBM pulls through at least in part because it has the pockets -- and the foresight -- to think ahead -- way ahead. As the NYTimes recently noted, "I.B.M. was granted more patents in 2012 than any other company, **the 20th consecutive year in the top spot**". Personally, I have the pleasure of writing about IBM on a regular basis -- at least the folks I'm in contact with -- those working on their chips and basic science stuff -- are insanely smart and innovative. And as a company, they always seem to have an ace in the hole. They understand Big Data as few do. Last stand? To borrow from Mr. Twain, I think that falls into the domain of great exaggeration.... IBM is, was and always will be an amazing company.  

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Re: Different world now for IBM to survive
Etmax   9/3/2013 3:31:39 AM
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That is completly and utterly sad, it sounds like Dilbert was written by an IBM insider :-(

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