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Comment Re:PowerPC (Score 3, Informative) 140

The most powerful general-purpose processor in the world (Power7) is a huge seller for IBM, and is a PowerPC implementation. PPC is also big in telecom applications, and Freescale does a number of fairly high-performance designs for that market.

The PPC used in the AmigaOne X1000 is a PA Semi PA6T - not very fast, designed as a low-power chip, and long-dead. Apple bought the company a few years ago, and I'm pretty sure new PA6T's are not being made. I suppose that speaks volumes about how many X1000's they reasonably expect to sell...

Comment Re:let's hope that... (Score 4, Informative) 140

It's a tough question. The Intel Atom has an edge on ARM, but it's not a big one, and while a high-performance ARM chip costs below $20, the Atom is significantly more. On the other hand, right now there are no ARM implementations that are really competitive on the PC front, and probably won't be until ARMv8 (64-bit) chips, or at least until Cortex-A15. A15 chips will probably come out in late 2012 and be a bit faster than the Atom, but a long way from Sandy Bridge and the other current Intel designs.

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