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Here's a great article analyzing some of AMD's future plans.

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Integration and reincarnation
To understand the ebb and flow of the modern (post-integrated circuit) history of computing, you need to know three fundamental rules that govern the evolution of computing systems:

1. Moore's Law: die-level integration is cheaper than board-level integration, and it gets ever cheaper as transistors shrink.
2. The abstraction vs. specialization tradeoff: modularity and abstraction can be cheaper (depending on the amount of overhead involved), but specialization is almost always faster.
3. Sutherland's "wheel of reincarnation": generally speaking, it's cheaper to do things with a combination of software and general-purpose hardware than it is to do them with specialized hardware, but sometimes the market demands faster instead of cheaper (see Rule #2). So functionality will move from the processor die to a dedicated coprocessor for speed's sake, and then back on to the processor die when the coprocessor becomes bloated with features and too expensive.
Like AMD64, AMD seems to be making some huge bets on where the CPU is heading for the next couple of years.

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Java is a 'universal' programming language developed by Sun. XML is a format of storing information. It's insanely flexible and is both are popular in web applications.
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What's next for AMD?
The noose?





They had better get their act together as Intel is not very likely to make two mistakes so close to each other. When P4 Netburst was around I had an Opteron but it looks as though I will be Intel for some time yet.
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Haha nice Ropey. I agree. If they don't release a "conroe" of their own, they're done. Maybe not done, but reduced to the economy market.
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