D.J. Hodge writes "Ars Technica has a very detailed article on the PowerPC 970 up that places the CPU in relation to other desktop CPU offerings, including the G4 and the P4. I think this gets at what IBM is doing: 'If the P4 takes a narrow and deep approach to performance and the G4e takes a wide and shallow approach, the 970's approach could be characterized as wide and deep. In other words, the 970 wants to have it both ways: an extremely wide execution core and a 16-stage (integer) pipeline that, while not as deep as the P4's, is nonetheless built for speed.'"
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sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment."
-- Richard P. Feynman