They aren't necessarily purposefully crippling, though that sometimes happens. This allows them to sell chips that have some manufacturing defects; they turn off the bad shaders. The more chips from each wafer they can sell, the lower the price of each chip.
The standards bodies' names should answer your question. ANSI: A = American. ISO: I =International. An American standard isn't good enough for many people, no matter how open; they want an "International" standard with the associated level of bureaucracy.
from the pretending-to-be-surprised dept.
techwrench was one of several readers to send word that Microsoft has officially announced Windows 7 will be generally available on October 22nd. They also mentioned the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program:
"This program enables participating retailers and OEMs to offer a special deal to upgrade to Windows 7 for customers purchasing a qualifying PC. I'll be doing another blog post about this program with a date and more details when we get closer to availability. Obviously, Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we'll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to our partners in this time frame as well."
I've worked at several top chip companies in Silicon Valley, in graphics and telecom industries, and they're 100% Verilog. I also suggest learning System Verilog as well, especially for testbench development.