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Comment Re:WebOS? Intermeresting... (Score 3, Insightful) 170

The IBM PC was more powerful than other systems at the time, and the 8088 was probably the highest performance/$ processor available, and had a better ISA than the 6800 series CPUs, IMNSHO. IBM didn't force anyone to buy PCs; they caught on because they were more powerful and reasonably priced. The 68000 was far too expensive at the time, and the inexpensive systems using it, the Macintosh, Amiga, and Atari ST, didn't arrive for another 4 years. By this time, the compelling reason to buy a PC or clone was for the huge software library.

Comment Re:It runs QNX (Score 1) 281

As a whole bunch of posts above you confirm, Cisco definitely uses QNX in their largest routers. They also use FPGAs in switches and routers, in addition to ASICs I'm sure. High-end FPGAs certainly are convenient for what Cisco wants to do, especially with the ability to reconfigure them on the fly into an arbitrary special-purpose packet filtering/routing engine.

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