Despite initial expectations that set-top boxes and PCs would converge,
towards RISC chips such as MIPS
An oft cited reason for this is the lower power requirements of RISC solutions, which might give low power x86 manufacturers such as
and Cyrix for their MediaGX chips
an advantage. Perhaps however, it is not x86 that is being fled, but
by Microsoft that is being avoided. After all, set-top boxes are a cost, not a
revenue to content-selling cable operators: do they really want to upgrade their
infrastructure each time Microsoft comes up with a new version of Windows?
A winner in this market will be
, sellers of GnuPro tools
to the embedded market, and thus Free Software Standards.